A Day in the Life of the MBTA Bus System


Bostonography compiled a cool looking map, gleaned from NextBus, of one day’s bus activity in the MBTA system.

It shows a bit more than 24 hours’ worth of bus location data from last Friday, November 4, with colored lines representing the speed of each vehicle. Red indicates speeds less than 10 miles per hour, yellow is 10–25 mph, and blue is faster than 25 mph. It’s drawn from 2,058,574 data points in all. The concept is totally lifted from Eric Fischer, who really is the master of mapping all things geotagged and whose work you may have seen.

Cities could really do some cool things with this kind of data to improve the functionality of their public transportation. Especially in a place like Boston.

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