Regional Transit Map Book
The “Regional Transit Map Book” was developed to provide existing and potential transit riders in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington State a high-level regional overview of public transportation options, and a convenient starting point for trip planning between places in a three-county area. The booklet was conceived and developed by Sound Transit with cartographic and booklet design, layout, and production contracted to the King County GIS Center. In addition to its own route data, Sound Transit collected route data from the four primary local transit service partner agencies that provide connections to its own regional system of express busses, commuter rail, and light rail. Base map and route data was supplied to the KCGIS Center in shapefile format. In the typical KCGIS Center workflow for maps destined for publication, ESRI's ArcMap was employed to develop map layouts and perform spatial data processing and preparation. A MAPublisher map view was created in an Adobe Illustrator drawing to correspond to each ArcMap data frame, and MAPublisher was used to bring all spatial data into the Illustrator map drawings. Since each transit agency built its shapefiles differently, the access that MAPublisher provides to data attributes within Illustrator was especially helpful. MAPublisher attribute tables were crucial in identifying individual transit routes, both for labeling the routes and while editing the finished maps. The attribute tables also facilitated proper symbolization of the points that represent the various types of transit facilities.
Courtesy of Sound Transit and King County GIS Center.
Authored byPatrick Jankanish
King County GIS Center
Seattle, WA, USA