Week 3 web development

This week I present an updated map of my proposed extension of the Metro Purple Line showing key bus routes paralleling the proposed route. The 20 and 720 lines go directly down Wilshire Boulevard right along most of the proposed route, while the 4 and 704 and the 28 and 728 go down nearby Santa Monica Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard, converging on Century City, where the proposed subway extension terminates.

Here’s a screenshot of Line 4 displayed on the map:

Note on the assignment: I tried to map the live buses but can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. They’re not showing up.

Santa Fe and Mexico City Metro Stops

The existing metro stops are congregated around the core of Mexico City. However, there are not any stops currently located in Santa Fe, which has grown since the early 1990’s and continues to attract people for both residence and work, from the Mexico City core. The proposed stops will connect to the westernmost existing stops of Mexico City, creating direct access to Santa Fe.

A full version of the map is available here.

Week 3: Website Assignment

Ongoing website assignment updated with current metro route info. As shown above, you can click on a bus # to generate the route name, as well as the map route with purple bus icons. For Uyen’s proposed metro stops, routes 33 and 733 run along Venice Blvd. While this may compete with the proposed metro stop, there is a definite lack of metro routes along the rest of the proposed metro route (ex. Pico Blvd & Bundy Dr.). The proposed metro stop will address this need and increase access to transportation to the area. The full website can be found here.

Week 3 – Proposed Bus Stops

Actual Website

METRO bus lines nearby were added to improve the map.  Since proposed bus stops were original selected in locations where METRO stops don’t already exist, there was no conflict.  Even though these proposed bus stops are in new locations, METRO has numerous lines throughout West Los Angeles, Palms, and Mar Vista.  METRO’s wide coverage positively impacts my proposed bus lines by introducing more opportunities to transfer between different agencies, thus improving access to areas lacking public transportation.

Goal: To add new functions and improve user interaction

New stuff:

  • using METRO API
  • connecting polylines (Thanks, Yoh!)
  • adding/removing layers on demand (buttons!) <– two types
  • styling with CSS (simple)
  • icon legend

Problems:

  • polyline function doesn’t always work (especially when bus stops are far apart)
  • Google Earth kmz place icons are saved/loaded correctly
  • remove METRO bus lines button only removes the last “liveBus” and not all of them
  • bus lines are not labeled
  • lacks marker customization (size, origin, etc)
  • many more…

Week 3: Web Assignment

As you can see from the below screenshot (or maybe you can’t), this week focused on incorporating existing Metro Lines into our proposed route. I would have liked to have only listed the applicable routes in my second heading, but I couldn’t figure it out. I had to list every line just like we had in the classes tutorial and then in the text tell the reader which routes are most applicable. Also, I don’t know why the screen shot is so small within this blog post. I still haven’t mastered the art of PC-based screen shots.

Link to site.

Week 3 – Web Assignment

Click here to see the full site.

As can be seen from the map, the martial arts dojos are already pretty well served by existing bus routes and the addition of a new route may only contribute to greater congestion costs, without adding much benefit. Angelinos looking to get into shape and find a dojo are encouraged to seek out an existing nearby transit route.

Week 3: Santa Monica WalkPools meets LA Metro API

In general, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program focuses on getting children to walk or bike to school when possible. In many schools, a high percentage of the children who are driven to school live close enough to the school to walk or bike. By getting these children to travel to school by walking or biking, the SRTS campaign aims to lessen congestion problems and dangerous walking conditions around school. It also addresses the problems of the rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes by getting kids to be more active in their daily lives. For the middle schoolers I surveyed, the idea of a “walking school bus” is less cool than a “WalkPool,” hence my use of the latter term.

The WalkPool routes I designed for children living with a half mile of John Adams Middle School are designed to pull the low fruit from the tree: they address those children for whom switching from driving to walking or biking would present the smallest challenge. Of the children whose homes are mapped with red house icons, only a handful walk. The rest are driven by their parents, either because they are consistently “running late” in the morning or because the parents are anxious about their children walking alone to school. Many parents also drop their children in “chained trips” on their way to work, and see the morning drive as a time to check in with kids before the school day starts. Regardless of the reason, so many vehicles arriving at the three entry points within ten minutes of each other creates havoc around the school every morning. Getting the local kids out of their cars and onto WalkPools or BikePools would have an enormous positive effect on both safety in the school’s immediate vicinity and the health of the children. However there are many children at JAMS who come from outside the district and live too far for either walking or biking: some children drive as long as an hour to get to school in the morning.

For this week’s assignment I addressed the issue of “permit students” by trying to identify feasible public transportation options for these students to get to school. Unfortunately, LA Metro’s only bus lines that come into Santa Monica do not have routes near the school, and Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus line is not coordinated with LA Metro’s API for bus route information. Therefore I decided to map all bus lines within Metro’s system, with the goal of trimming the map to those that come closest to the walking buffer for next week. While it seems unlikely that a middle-schooler would take an LA bus and then walk up to 1/2 mile to get to school, it’s helpful to see how challenging our city-centric bus systems can be for those who want to travel between cities like Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

My daughter’s best friend lives at Hoover and Olympic, and I was trying to map how he could use public transit to get to school. He could do it, but it would take two bus rides and 90 minutes. It would be more likely that his parents would be willing to drop him along the WalkPool route, since walking to school is seen as cool by middle schoolers.

  • For a link to the full map, click here: JAMS WalkPool Routes
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    Website Assignment 3- Metro Stops + Metro Bus Lines

    Click here to see the Interactive Map

    This new map includes a total of five Metro bus lines that people can use to get to and from the proposed metro line.  These five bus routes show that the proposed metro stops are accessible from multiple areas.  This is not a comprehensive list of buses that go to each metro stop, but simply an overview to convince others this metro is indeed a good idea and that it will be accessible from many locations.

    People clicking on the route number can view the bus line, as well as the location of  each individual stop by rolling over the footprint.

    :) :) :) :) :)