University

U. of Waterloo team creates winning transit routing app

Posted on April 6, 2015

A team from the University of Waterloo won the Esri Canada GIS Centers of Excellence in Higher Education App Challenge. The week-long coding competition encouraged students within the network to build innovative Web apps that use open data and Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology to address a specific theme.

Working as a team, the three students developed PredictION, a transit modeling and routing application that helps citizens to visualize, analyze, and compare routes and service areas between existing and proposed transit systems.

“PredictION is an excellent example of how governments, such as transit authorities, can use spatial Web apps to engage citizens in new projects,” said Dr. Brent Hall, director of education and research, Esri Canada. “It’s a powerful and practical tool for informing citizens of possible changes in the transit system, allowing them to make better travel decisions and improve their quality of life.”

For the competition, the team used PredictION to demonstrate the impact on travel times and service areas of the coming ION Rapid Transit lines to the Region of Waterloo’s Grand River Transit network. They used Esri’s ArcGISplatform to integrate, process and display various open datasets, including road and bus networks, transit routes and schedules, regional boundaries and local points of interest. They also used Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition) to create a highly visual and easy-to-use analysis tool for comparing current and proposed transit services.

PredictION was selected by a panel of GIS and industry experts out of 10 entries. As part of their prize, the team will go on an all-expenses paid trip to the Esri International User Conference in San Diego this July.

To view all App Challenge entries, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Texas A&M studies AI to improve transport for riders with mobility challenges

The effort examined how to integrate IBM Watson’s natural language interface with the Texas A&M Engineering Program’s autonomous shuttle.

UC San Diego to test driverless vehicles on campus

The study, which begins in January, will consist of testing the vehicle technology to deliver mail around campus.

Tempe, ASU partner to deliver new transportation options

Some of the 11 ideas proposed include a highline walkway and a monorail system running over campus.

Duke, Durham DOT team to improve bicyclist, traffic safety

The team created an interactive website and app that helps users see how different factors like time of day, weather, and road conditions affect accident risk.

KCATA adds school to U-Pass program

The U-Pass gives students an easy way to make connections around the region without the expense of buying a bus pass. RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close