Spatial Analysis and Solutions
TMD uses GIS-based technologies to integrate the geographic components of mobility into the transit planning process. GIS enables us to perform mapping, spatial analysis, and visualization for each project, communicating our findings and recommendations through a geographical lens.
We use Esri and Google products to analyze and map the service and market aspects of the planning process, including ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. We leverage demographic and survey data to identify travel demands and transit markets, mapping and analyzing where people live, where people work, and where they want to travel. Mapping service data, like transit boardings and alightings, passenger load, productivity, frequency, trips, and travel patterns, provides insight into the effectiveness of existing transit service. These geospatial analyses are essential, as they contribute to our development of service and infrastructure recommendations, highlight potential areas that would benefit from Transit-oriented development (TOD), as well as inform social equity evaluations.
TMD also leverages interactive spatial visualization tools like ArcGIS Online, StoryMaps, and ArcGIS for Power BI which facilitates our brainstorming and digital storytelling processes, using a series of interactive maps, text, and images. These platforms enable us to communicate transit concepts and recommendations, maximizing accessibility for clients, stakeholders, and the public. Messages and ideas are instantly shareable through the click of a website link, and the visuals, supporting text, and images walk the reader through a project story at their own pace.
TMD performs complex geospatial analysis, such as using our ArcGIS Network and Spatial Analyst extensions. We can analyze and evaluate access to transit for pedestrians and cyclists, access by key demographic groups, origin and destination routing, stop spacing, and ridership density. We not only have the tools to perform advanced geospatial analysis of transit systems and environments but also the knowledge and experience to effectively visualize the technical outputs so they are visually appealing and understandable to any audience.
To sum it up, the application of GIS-based technologies at TMD is an integral part of our work, and it is critical in helping us to examine transit networks holistically and yield valuable recommendations that shape these systems for the future.