The NY Metro Area Timespace Altered by Modern Modes of Transportations

Authors: Michelle Saavedra*, , Feng Qi, Faculty Advisor, Danielle De masa, student
Topics: Transportation Geography
Keywords: ArcGIS,maps,cartograms,traffic,timespace
Session Type: Poster
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This study was undertaken to generate updated visual representations of the timespace of the NY Metro area altered by modern ways of transportations such as driving or public transportation. Traditional maps are based on the Euclidean distances between places and do not reflect the real “distances” nowadays as distances now are actually determined by modes of transportation, routes available, as well as traffic conditions. This work employs a novel algorithm to generate the so-called distance cartograms that alter the traditional maps by representing travel time instead Euclidean distance between places. The investigation collected data on travel time to and from New York city from 63 major cities in NJ, NY, and CT. The data collection took into consideration factors such as weekday vs. weekend, rush hour vs. off-rush hour situations and compared between public transportation and driving. We utilized ArcGIS’s rubber-sheeting function to generate the cartograms. We also compared the results to 2011’s patterns for investigating the changes in transportation patterns.

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