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GIS for Transportation: Getting Started

Welcome to the Transportation Library

Transportation Library

The Transportation Library supports the students and faculty of the Transportation Center and the Center for Public Safety. Containing more than 500,000 items, we are one of the largest transportation information centers in the world, encompassing information on all modes of transportation including air, rail, highway, pipeline, water, urban transport, and logistics.

 

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

(847) 491-5273

 

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.

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:

Transportation

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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 user education for classes. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Transportation Center

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) is a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government, and the public with substantive and enduring contributions to the movement of materials, people, energy, and information. 

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