There’s no shortage of creative geniuses out there looking for ways to take raw transit data and turn it into something useful (or at least fun to play with). Here’s one to try. It’s called Mapnificent. Using Google Maps, it’ll show you how far you can travel using transit, cycling and walking from any given address within the time parameter of your choice.
I tried it by asking it to show me how far I can go within 15 minutes from the lovely Capital Metro headquarters building at 5th/Pleasant Valley at around 6 a.m. on a weekday. Here’s what it came up with:
Seems a little generous especially on a bad traffic day. As Human Transit and our friends at The Source in L.A. pointed out (we can call them our friends since they listed us as one of the eight essential transit agency blogs earlier this year), Mapnificent has some quirks. But it’s definitely neat to try it.
Here’s more detail about how it works from Mapnificent’s creator:
If you have a brilliant idea for a transit application, we have loads of data posted online. Help yourself.