Map Design

Diverse Designs

6210.2 - Classifying the Diversity of Bus Mapping Systems

Thursday, July 6
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Location: Coolidge

This study represents the first stage of an investigation into understanding the nature of different approaches to mapping bus routes and bus network, and how they may best be applied in different public transport situations. In many cities, bus services represent an important facet of easing traffic congestion and reducing pollution. However, with the entrenched car culture in many countries, persuading people to change their mode of transport is a major challenge. To promote this modal shift, people need to know what services are available and where (and when) they go. Bus service maps provide an invaluable element of providing suitable public transport information, but are often overlooked by transport planners, and are under-researched by cartographers. The method here consists of the creation of a map evaluation form and performing assessment of published bus networks maps. The analyses were completed by a combination of quantitative and qualitative data analysis of various aspects of cartographic design and classification. This paper focuses on the resulting classification, which is illustrated by a series of examples. This classification will facilitate more in depth investigations into the details of cartographic design for such maps and help direct areas for user evaluation.

Mohd Shahmy Mohd Said

PhD Research Student
University of Glasgow

Mohd Shahmy Mohd Said is a Phd Research Student in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geomatics / Cartography at University of Glasgow. His PhD study currently funded by both Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and Mara University of Technology, Malaysia. He received his Bachelor Degree (with hons.) in Surveying Science and Geomatics and MSc. in Geographical Information Science from Mara University of Technology, Malaysia. His professional experiences includes working as an offshore hydrographic surveyor and hydrographic software trainer. As an avid map enthusiast and future academician, he currently focuses on developing his work, research and teaching skills in the field of Cartography. His research interest includes statistical map design analysis, the public transportation’s user information and map design, map visualization and geographical information system.


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David Forrest

Senior University Teacher
University of Glasgow

David Forrest PhD, FBCart.S is Senior University Teacher in Geomatics at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught cartography for 25 years. He is a Vice-President of the ICA. A member of BCS Council, he was BCS President 2000-02 and is currently chair of the UK Cartography Committee. Research interests include topographic, tourist and transport map design, application of knowledge based systems to mapping with GIS, the design of maps for public information, and the perception and use of maps.


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Amber J. Bosse

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
University of Kentucky

Amber J. Bosse is a Ph.D. student in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Geography. As a pioneer of participatory action mapping (PAM), she has collaborated with more than a dozen grassroot organizations throughout the past four years. Throughout these project, she has repeatedly observed how maps that ‘break all the rules’ of functional cartography and work to successfully gain the attention of local, state, and federal leaders. As such, her dissertation examines the history of cartographic design in an attempt to trace its disciplining and analyze the mechanisms through which legitimacy is granted through particular “aesthetics”.


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