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How We Built the World’s Prettiest Auto-Generated Transit Maps

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Anton Dubrau of the Transit App team describes how they've cracked the problem of generating good-looking transit maps:




This is a problem that's intrigued me quite a bit, as I ponder how to meaningfully displace coincident lines and generate nonexistent out-of-scale curves for transit routes, in a cartographic world that's focused on ever-more-precise shapefiles as the answer to all problems.  I hope to soon demonstrate an alternative way, at least for the Chicago region.


Alas, Dubrau's approach seems far beyond my capabilities, and seems a bit like using a chainsaw to carve a candelabra.  But, then, so did GIS for its first decade.

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A very interesting and detailed article, thanks for posting!

Michael Borop
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