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.
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!
Try clicking the “info” button next to the number of buses at peak.
cool thanks 🙂