Images produced from Graphserver output. Click on thumbnails to view larger images.
Multimodal Shortest Path Tree of Bay Area
This image shows the shortest path from Embarcadero Station on August 1st, 2008 11:43:33 AM local time to all street intersections in the San Francisco Bay area, assuming travel by public transit (namely, BART and Caltrain) and walking. Public transit branches are colored red, while walking branches are colored black. The width of a branch corresponds to the number of shortest paths that travel through that branch. For example, the shortest route from Embarcadero to almost all destinations involves taking the BART. As a result, the BART lines are very thick. Street data comes from the OpenStreetMap. Transit schedule and route information come from the BART and Caltrain public GTFS feeds. The shortest path tree was calculated using Graphserver, and rendered using Processing.
Multimodal Shortest Path Tree of Portland, Oregon
Just like above, but for the Portland, Oregon area, assuming street travel at 15 miles per hour, like a relatively fast bicycle rider.
Shortest Path Tree of Seattle Area for Bicycle Travel
Shortest path tree on a street grid of Seattle derived from the Open Street Map. Bicycle and walking paths are preferentially weighted, and the interstate is heavily penalized. The width of a branch is proportional to the square root of the sum of branches reachable by that branch.
Shortest Path Tree of San Francisco Area for Bicycle Travel
Like above, but with San Francisco.
Isochron Map of San Francisco
Isochron map of San Francsico with respect to one point on street grid with arterials preferentially weighted. Made by Nino Walker using Global Mapper.
Shortest Path Tree of King County on Sunday Morning
This is a rendering of the shortest path tree to every intersection and bus stop in King County taking into account both King County Metro Transit busses, and walking at a steady pace of 2 miles per hour. All SPT branches representing bus travel are colored black, and walking branches are colored according to the time of day they would be traversed. All intersections inside the blue area, for example, can be reached within about two hours of disembarking from the SPT origin at 3rd & Pine in downtown Seattle at about 8AM Sunday morning. The image was produced by converting the raw shortest path tree output from Graphserver into an ESRI shapefile using the GDAL/OGR library, then rendered and colored using the free ArcExplorer shapefile viewer.
Shortest Path Tree of King County on Monday Morning
This image was produced in same way as above, with respect to 3rd & Pine in downtown Seattle at about 8 AM Monday morning. Again the blue area represents all places reachable by bus and walking within two hours of 8 AM. As you can see, it's much easier to get around on a weekday.
Graphserver Path on Busmonster
Here's a screenshot of Busmonster.com presenting a bus+walking itinerary produced using the Graphserver itinerary server.
Animation of Shortest Path Tree Growth
Click to view an animation of the growth of a bus+walking shortest path tree with respect to Monday morning at 3rd & Pine.
An Absurd Route
Graphserver will return an itinerary between any two connected vertices, even if the itinerary is absurd. In this case traveling by bus and foot from downtown Seattle to deep within the foothills of the Cascade Mountians involves an eight-hour hike from one of the most remote bus stops in the county.