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Measuring and mapping public transit accessibility in cities


Term:

Spring-Summer

Department:

11: Urban Studies and Planning

Faculty Supervisor:

Andres Sevtsuk

Faculty email:

asevtsuk@mit.edu

Apply by:

February 13, 2020

Contact:

asevtsuk@mit.edu

Project Description

I am looking to find a UROP collaborator this spring to explore a software application that would measure and map public transit accessibility in cities using Google’s GTFS data feed (https://developers.google.com/transit/gtfs). My research group—the City Form Lab—has been developing spatial network analysis tools for years. We have developed an Urban Network Analysis (UNA) plugin for Rhinoceros 3D and ArcGIS, which are used by thousands of researchers world-wide. I am now looking to expand our accessibility mapping to include public transport and would like to develop a pilot applications with a UROP this spring/summer. This could be a great opportunity to put your skills to use and develop a real-world application that urban researchers and planners could benefit from. The selected UROP candidate is expected to put in about 10h a week, implementing GTFS data feeds on spatial mapping software and integrating public transport accessibility analysis with UNA pedestrian accessibility analysis we have already developed. The UNA Rhino platform has been developed in C# and the ArcGIS plugin in Python. In addition to prior experience with C# and Python, it would be desirable for applicants have worked with Google data feeds and APIs. Given the spatial and urban nature of the work, it would also be desirable for candidates to show interest towards cities and technology at the urban scale. Please note that the spring UROP deadline is on February 13th (this Thursday). Interested students should contact Prof. Andres Sevtsuk: asevtsuk@mit.edu

Pre-requisites

I am looking to find a UROP collaborator this spring to explore a software application that would measure and map public transit accessibility in cities using Google’s GTFS data feed (https://developers.google.com/transit/gtfs). My research group—the City Form Lab (cityform.mit.edu)—has been developing spatial network analysis tools for years. We have developed an Urban Network Analysis (UNA) plugin for Rhinoceros 3D (http://cityform.mit.edu/projects/una-rhino-toolbox) and ArcGIS (http://cityform.mit.edu/projects/urban-network-analysis), which are used by thousands of researchers world-wide. I am now looking to expand our accessibility mapping to include public transport and would like to develop a pilot applications with a UROP this spring/summer. This could be a great opportunity to put your skills to use and develop a real-world application that urban researchers and planners could benefit from. The selected UROP candidate is expected to put in about 10h a week, implementing GTFS data feeds on spatial mapping software and integrating public transport accessibility analysis with UNA pedestrian accessibility analysis we have already developed. The UNA Rhino platform has been developed in C# and the ArcGIS plugin in Python. In addition to prior experience with C# and/or Python, it would be desirable for applicants have worked with Google data feeds and APIs. Given the spatial and urban nature of the work, it would also be desirable for candidates to show interest towards cities and technology at the urban scale. Please note that the spring UROP deadline is on February 13th (this Thursday). Pls email me by the 12th. Interested students should contact Prof. Andres Sevtsuk: asevtsuk@mit.edu