BetterBusBuffers

Use BetterBusBuffers to map the frequency of public transit service available across your city.

The BetterBusBuffers toolset helps you quantitatively measure access to public transit in your city. The tools use GTFS public transit data and ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro to count the number of transit trips available during a time window at stops, at specific points of interest, in areas within walking distance of stops, along specific corridors. Transit agencies could use this toolset for a more sophisticated measure of transit access when creating their Title VI reports.

Check out this blog post for screenshots and sample analyses. Descriptions of the tools within the BetterBusBuffers toolset are below.

The Count Trips for Individual Route tool allows you to examine individual routes in your system in detail. It generates a feature class of transit stops associated with the route you select as well as polygon service areas around the stops, and it calculates the number of visits, frequency, maximum wait time, and average headway for each stop during a time window.

The Count Trips in Polygon Buffers around Stops tool generates polygon service areas around the stops in your transit system and counts the number of transit trips available in those areas during a time window. The output is a transit coverage map that can be color-coded by the number of available trips.

The Count Trips on Lines tool counts the number of transit trips that travel along corridors between stops during a time window. The output is a lines feature class that can by symbolized to emphasize high-frequency corridors and connections.

The Count Trips at Points tool counts the number of transit trips available within a designated distance of specific point locations during a time window. The output is a copy of the input point locations with fields indicating the number of transit trips available within a short walk during a time window.

The Count Trips at Points Online tool does the same thing as the Count Trips at Points tool, but it uses the ArcGIS Online Origin-Destination Cost Matrix service so that you don't need your own network datasets or a Network Analyst license.

The Count Trips at Stops tool counts the number of transit trips that visit the stops in your network during a time window. The output is a feature class of your GTFS stops with fields indicating the number of transit trips that visit those stops.

The Count High Frequency Routes at Stops tool counts the number of routes at each stop that meet a desired headway threshold. The output is a feature class of your GTFS stops with field indicating trip and headway statistics along with a count of the number of routes at the stop that has headways of a desired threshold or shorter.