I love the proposed new PT network that Auckland Transport has announced but if there is one Achilles heel to it, it is that the general public might not comprehend just how much of an improvement the network is. People get very attached to their specific routes so anything that suggest changes to that can cause people to become concerned and opposed. What is often not realised is how much the new network opens up the possibility of new trips to places around the region using PT, by this I mean that people might consider using PT to get to work but not to a friends house or to an event they might regularly attend.
This issue is greatly helped by the metro style PT map that AT have put out but I do wonder if they could go a little further to really highlight the difference. The great thing is that a tool already exists that they could use to show this change, all it would require is a little bit of tweaking. The tool is something we have covered before and is called Mapnificent. What it does is use the PT timetable data that Auckland Transport provides to google to work out how far you could get from a set location within a certain time frame. There are also a lot of other really cool features of the tool which are explained in the video from the developer below:
What’s great is that Mapnificent already works for Auckland. Here is how far you can get from Britomart within 25 minutes, notice the distance achieved with the Southern/Eastern lines and the Northern Express. The marker can be moved to any spot in the city and will adjust it self from there while a slider lets you change the time frame.
It might require some modification but a tool like this showing just how far people can get from a set location with both the new and old networks could be invaluable in highlight just how much more connectivity this new network would deliver. AT have already worked out what the frequencies of the new network will be at peak/off peak times so I imagine it shouldn’t be that hard to turn that into a timetable that could be feed into this. I really think that this could be an absolutely great tool for them to use to show just how much impact this new network will have, especially for trips that don’t begin or end in the CBD. So how about it AT?