Build your own transit system with Transitmix

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson3 Comments


I hope you didn’t have any plans this weekend, because if you click this link, you’ll spend it drawing bus lines all over the place.

Transitmix allows you to lay down your own bus lines, measure the length, set the headways, and determine the cost of operation. A dangerous tool for armchair transit planners like you and me.

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Jef Nickerson


Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  1. This is a pretty cool app, but I question the metrics of its bus frequency/quantity per line calculations. I worked out that it assumes buses travel an average of 8mph. This number is likely based on studies done in London and NYC, which report similar average system speeds. However, I don’t think traffic in most parts of Providence limits bus speeds to 8mph. Buses seem to travel only marginally slower than driving in my experience here, especially BRT style lines like the R-line. I hope they add an option to set system speeds and establish stop spacing in the future, because that would be really cool!

  2. Try clicking the “info” button next to the number of buses at peak.

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