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  • Writer's pictureArpit Shah

Mapping Workflows for Public Transport Networks

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

I've written about how GIS helps Supply Chain & Logistics functions previously - you may refer to these posts - Depicting a customer-facing Supply Chain on a Map, Obtaining Powerful Insights using Mapping Technology (Logistics case within), Selecting the Right Location and (recent update) Optimizing Supply Chain Nodes & emanating Flows - the most comprehensive workflow.

In this article, you'll find two case videos on how Mapping Technology can help to plan, analyze, monitor and communicate information pertaining to Public Transportation Network.

An important aspect to note is that the quality of geodata is of supreme importance. Without suitable datasets, the output cannot be generated or is of less significance. The powerful Location Intelligence platform is only a means to the end, the fuel which drives any Location Analytics workflow is the quality of the Positional Data available.


(The videos are best viewed in YouTube's HD setting either on PC or on Landscape mode in Mobile Phone. You may reduce / increase the play speed as per your viewing preferences)

Case 1: Improving Public Transport - Bus Network Connectivity

Video Case: A city in Tennessee, USA wants to improve the bus connectivity for the travelers by adding new bus stops and routes where needed. In the video below, you'll see how I've used mapping technology to plot existing Bus network, model Service Areas (Reach), overlay Demographic variables, compare Outputs, evaluate Potentially suitable regions as per the modelled output, and shortlist Locations suitable for adding new bus stops - all being integral to the process of gaining valuable insights to improve overall bus connectivity within the city.

Video 1: Case 1 - Improving Bus Network connectivity

The methodology used here can be applied to other non-logistics workflows as well - see an example here (Wildlife Habitat Zone identification workflow).


Case 2: Visualizing expansion of Railway Network

Video Case: A city in California, USA has added a new railway line connecting select neighborhoods in the suburbs (which have experienced an increase in housing growth) to downtown (central business district). The video below would educate and build interest among the residents about - the existing rail network, where the new railway line was added and the reasons behind choosing that location to add the new rail line. To convey this message, a 3D Map model has been created and later converted into a video:

Video 2: Case 2 - 3D visualization of Railway Network & its Expansion


As you may infer from the two videos above, Mapping Technology (GIS) is very useful in analyzing and visualizing complex transportation networks. There are several other features, tools and modules available within GIS which can aid in better planning and management of Public Transport Networks - such as Safety & Event Reporting, Disaster Risk Mitigation, Rider Engagement, and so on. Read more about it from this informative 'Story Map'.



Intelloc Mapping Services | Mapmyops is engaged in providing mapping solutions to organizations which facilitate operations improvement, planning & monitoring workflows. These include but are not limited to Supply Chain Design Consulting, Drone Solutions, Location Analytics & GIS Applications, Site Characterization, Remote Sensing, Security & Intelligence Infrastructure, & Polluted Water Treatment. Projects can be conducted pan-India and overseas.

Several demonstrations for these workflows are documented on our website. For your business requirements, reach out to us via email - or book a paid consultation (video meet) from the hyperlink placed at the footer of the website's landing page.


(The case has been analyzed using Esri's ArcGIS Pro. Much thanks to Learn ArcGIS. For informative purposes only)

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