Transitcat: Intuitive Isochrones and Vulnerability Analysis for Public Transit Planners
The Transitcat home page
All computer science majors at Stanford are required to carry out a senior capstone project, so during our final quarter as undergrads we teamed up to build Transitcat, a web application aimed at helping public transit planners visualize and better understand their networks. In order to narrow down what we wanted to work on, we conducted need-finding interviews with folks from many professions, including public transit planners, urban studies lecturers, and software developers who work on other public transit-oriented products. Based on these interviews, we were able to identify gaps in the market and decided to build a tool that:
- is user-friendly and designed for public transit planners with minimal technical experience,
- provides vulnerability analysis,
- generates isochrone maps,
- correlates public transit data with nearby business information, and
- is free!