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Post-turkey video: That's a lot of dots

Using GTFS data, STLTransit has created videos showing all of the transit vehicles in a city over one day. Here's Washington's.

Via PlanItMetro.

The video shows one dot for each schduled Metrorail, Metrobus and Circulator vehicle. View the video in full screen (click the rectangular icon in the lower right of the video) to more clearly see the trains, which the video shows in a color corresponding to their line.

Steven Yates grew up in Indiana before moving to DC in 2002 to attend college at American University. He currently lives in Southwest DC.  


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It was fun seeing what I assume is the 5A zip out to Dulles and back.

I wish the clock was featured a little more prominently.

by drumz on Nov 23, 2012 11:47 am • linkreport

I'm glad drumz mentioned the clock because I didn't see it the first time I watched the video. This is cool, the end of the video made me wonder which bus lines run the latest?

by grumpy on Nov 23, 2012 1:17 pm • linkreport

I like how, by the peak coverage period, the dots start to make a map of the city that most people familiar with the area could probably pick out even if we didn't necessarily know what we were looking at. Reminds me of that Facebook map that is a very clear world map, but doesn't have any actual map lines, just Facebook connections.

by MM on Nov 23, 2012 1:25 pm • linkreport

I guess this doesn't show the Ride-On buses? Without them, the T2 seemed to be an outlier, like the 5A and the Mount Vernon route in Virginia.

by Frank IBC on Nov 23, 2012 6:37 pm • linkreport

The lack of the local agency busses made things like the 5A and the B30 look funny.

by dcseain on Nov 24, 2012 1:15 am • linkreport

You can even see how the B30 GTFS data is messed up! Look at how fast it goes!

For some reason the GTFS data has the B30 taking 10 minutes to go from Greenbelt to BWI instead of the 30+ it really takes.

by MLD on Nov 26, 2012 8:24 am • linkreport

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