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.
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.
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.
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:
NU-affiliated faculty, staff and students can install ArcGIS Desktop on their personal computers and access desktop, mobile, server and web-based mapping applications. Use the Access GIS tab of this guide for more information.
If you are in need of assistance with a GIS project, please fill out the GIS Support Request Form. We look forward to working with you!