Classifying the Diversity of Bus Mapping Systems

Mohd Said, M. S. and Forrest, D. (2017) Classifying the Diversity of Bus Mapping Systems. In: 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington, DC, USA, 02-07 Jul 2017, p. 78. (doi: 10.5194/ica-proc-1-78-2018)

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This study represents the first stage of an investigation into understanding the nature of different approaches to mapping bus routes and bus network, and how they may best be applied in different public transport situations. In many cities, bus services represent an important facet of easing traffic congestion and reducing pollution. However, with the entrenched car culture in many countries, persuading people to change their mode of transport is a major challenge. To promote this modal shift, people need to know what services are available and where (and when) they go. Bus service maps provide an invaluable element of providing suitable public transport information, but are often overlooked by transport planners, and are under-researched by cartographers. The method here consists of the creation of a map evaluation form and performing assessment of published bus networks maps. The analyses were completed by a combination of quantitative and qualitative data analysis of various aspects of cartographic design and classification. This paper focuses on the resulting classification, which is illustrated by a series of examples. This classification will facilitate more in depth investigations into the details of cartographic design for such maps and help direct areas for user evaluation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Cartographic design, bus maps, transit mapping, public transport maps.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forrest, Dr David
Authors: Mohd Said, M. S., and Forrest, D.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Published Online:16 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association 1: 78
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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