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Travel Times on Commuter Rail
Author(s):
Amanda Cox, Matthew Ericson
Institution:
The New York Times
Year:
2007
URL:
http://tinyurl.com/bfsjfa
Project Description:
This map by Amanda Cox and Matthew Ericson from The New York Times represents the travel times, in minutes, from Manhattan to stations in the region's commuter rail system during the evening rush. Each alternating ring shows how much farther you can travel in an additional 15 minutes, while the different color nodes are indicative of how fast, on average, the train travels to reach that station (in m.p.h.): red (15-25), orange (25-35), yellow (35-45), green (45+).

Travel times are based on trains departing Penn Station (New Jersey Transit, L.I.R.R.) or Grand Central Terminal (Metro-North) between 4 and 7 pm on weekdays. An average of the three fastest trains was used to capture the effect of express trains.

Comments (2):
Interesting presentation of a large amount of quantitative information in a clear and easily understood form. Nicely done.

Posted by Michael on Mar 8, 2009 at 11:12 PM (GMT)

Elegantly simple. The real beauty is in not trying to tell too much in the story. There's one, singular idea expressed in this story: how long and how fast from point A to point B. There is no kitchen sink in there.

Posted by GregLiveBrand on Mar 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM (GMT)

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