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GIS for Transportation: Getting Started

Welcome to the Transportation Library

Transportation Library General Information

Reference staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For answers to general questions, contact our Reference Desk at 847-491-5273 or transportationlibrary@northwestern.edu.

Library Resources

About this Guide

This guide provides information on accessing resources for research on GIS and transportation.

Please see the GIS: Geographic Information System guide for an in-depth information on GIS services, software, and support at the Northwestern University Libraries.

Key Resource for Transportation Data

National Transit Map

In the United States, transit ridership has grown by more than 20 percent in the last decade, reaching its highest levels since 1957. To keep track of the industry and provide public information and statistics as it continues to grow, FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) records the financial, operating and asset condition of transit systems.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics National Transit Map[external link] offers data from hundreds of transit agencies about their stops, routes, and schedules.

Selected New Books in the Transportation Library - Updated March 2018

Transportation

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Contact:
Northwestern University
Transportation Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
847-467-5325
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Make an Appointment

The Transportation Library staff is here to serve the information needs of the Northwestern University community with individual research appointments and bibliographic instruction for classes. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

GIS at Northwestern University Library

A Geographic Information System (GIS) "integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. (ESRI)" What is GIS used for? There are many applications, spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Some examples include:

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