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2016 (May) Western Queens and Bus Company Routes

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Description
This line layer was created from the GTFS data feeds from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to represent local bus routes in western Queens and the MTA Bus Company routes, which are known locally as "express buses". Because of the way the MTA classifies it's bus lines and data, local buses for Queens are split into two separate files; in this file, routes designated with the letter Q and immediately followed by a number are local bus routes. The remaining routes are the express buses, which are long-distance coaches that take passengers from areas of the outer boroughs to midtown and downtown Manhattan and back, with limited stops. A python script was written to take the data files as input and plot and save them as a spatial layer in the local state plane coordinate reference system. Lines in this layer represent individual bus routes over a roadway for a specific direction; they were generalized from the GTFS format where lines depicted individual services. The unique ID is route_dir, which is a combination of the bus route id and its direction. The direction of a bus route is indicated with a 0 (the bus runs either northbound or eastbound) or a 1 (the bus runs either southbound or westbound). This dataset is intended for researchers, policy makers, students, and educators for basic geographic analysis and mapping purposes. It was created by the GIS Lab at the Newman Library at Baruch College CUNY as part of the NYC Mass Transit Spatial Layers series, so that members of the public could have access to well-documented and readily-usable GIS layers of NYC mass transit features.
Publisher
Newman Library (Bernard M. Baruch College)
Collection
NYC Mass Transit Spatial Layers
Place(s)
New York, New York, United States, Bronx County, New York, United States, Kings County, New York, United States, New York County, New York, United States, Queens County, New York, United States, Nassau County, New York, United States, Westchester County, New York, United States, Borough of Bronx, New York, United States, Borough of Brooklyn, New York, United States, Borough of Manhattan, New York, United States, and Borough of Staten Island, New York, United States
Subject(s)
Transportation, Local transit, Commuting, and Buses
Year
2016
Held by
Baruch CUNY
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