Public transport route maps are of ever increasing importance to the Public Transport sector. These maps represent an abstraction of reality, meaning that distances between stops and directions of routes have been simplified. The principal aim of this alteration is to provide for ease of navigation of a passenger throughout the network. These maps are created either by hand or using a graphics tool, and as they are complex and slow to produce, require the work of a good map designer – this leads to an expensive process.
Tecmic has developed a solution allowing the automation of route map design. This tool can generate the finalised map taking into account selected restrictions, with issues such as design guidelines and map usability. This means that it is first necessary to identify the rules, restrictions and aesthetic criteria which make for a good map layout.
Map users usually require precise information on the nature of their surroundings, with some additional contextual data. This has led to the creation of a new method for representing route maps named Spider Maps. This type of map shows the network as a structure, including additional contextual data at the region where routes converge.
These maps are created for particularly complex areas such as urban centres, providing users with contextual information on their surroundings, facilitating their choice of routes and destination stops.
Our solution is aimed at speed, agility and simplicity of the creation of maps, with the final aim of improving our partners’ productivity. This has required the definition of a new approach to the production of Spider Maps, resulting in a fast and automated process requiring simply the entering of stops’ locations.
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