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Schema Design used different methods of data visualization to develop a better understanding of public transit in San Francisco, Zurich, and Geneva.

A project by Schema Design used different methods of data visualization to develop a better understanding of public transit in San Francisco, Zurich, and Geneva. The resulting images show how people navigate their cities throughout the day, and could help to inform designers and city planners about which areas see high traffic and which are underserved by transit.

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The ‘Transit Patterns’ series was Schema Design’s entry to the Urban Data Challenge. The visualizations show transit ridership in public transportation over 24 hours, depicting which areas of the city have the most activity and when. The creators, Christian Marc Schmidt and Sergei Larionov, wrote about the videos:

As the transit passenger data suggests, Geneva is centralized while Zurich appears to have multiple centers, and activity is concentrated during rush hours. Activity in San Francisco on the other hand is more evenly spread out, both spatially and over the course of the day. These insights are not only useful for city planners and transit authorities, who can get a sense of what areas see high and low ridership and understand what areas are underserved by public transit.

You can check out the transit patterns for the three cities in the videos below:

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