My Google CTA Map
posted.by.me on Monday, October 10, 2005 @ 10:08:14 AM CT
Why I'm even mentioning this now. ed knittel
- I got a dig from Digg.com 3 days ago
- Google Maps Mania saw it on Digg and linked to my map
- Sunnie Land mentioned it today (is that Japanese?)
- Wingo added the map to their Google Maps API Examples list awhile back
- Adrian Holovaty made the "first" Google CTA map. It used a Firefox script to overlay the CTA's map onto Google Maps. It didn't use the API but it's what inspired me. It now appears that on September 26, Steven Vance mentioned my map in the comments.
It's also mentioned in a few other places, but usually just as another item in a list of other Google Maps. For example, GIS-Lab in Russia (?) mentioned it back on August 3. This Google Search shows a bit more.
Added last night: station tooltips ed knittel
Oh and you've got the Forest Park station in the wrong place-- you've got it going all the way to Madison St, when it should be at Des Plaines and Van Buren. It's official address is 711 Desplaines Ave., Forest Park, IL.
Thanks for the input, Desco ed knittel
And talk about slow sserver - when I try to hit up the CTA's website all I get is
"The operation timed out when attempting to contact www.transitchicago.com" Well, even though it takes 12 seconds at least mine loads. (I'll look into the Forest Park deal when the CTA has their site back up - and on second look, my whole Blue Line looks to be messed up or something)
CTA map updated with corrected Blue Line route ed knittel
A special note to those who may observe: the route does not match up with the "Map" mode of Google Maps. It does, however, match with either "Satellite" or "Hybrid". You can blame that on Google for not having their maps match up exactly.
CTA Map hoodjam
Missing Sedgwick Brown Line Stop Chris
Update: Sedgwick has been added! ed knittel
Anyway, not only have I added Sedgwick, I also cleaned up the Brown Line train line so it follows the tracks just like ALL of the other lines do and have done (I live on the Brown Line - I have no excuse for my laziness).
At any rate, I belive my CTA Rail map is now complete (don't expect a CTA Bus map any time soon).
I have some questions!
- Is there anything you can do to reduce load time? It's craaaaazy slow for me.
- Any chance you'd be willing to share the polylines and whatnot that plot out the CTA train system?
- Any chance you'll be adding the Metra rail? I might be up for it, if I had some guidance on how you did this...
If you really want some self-torture, how about the bus routes too! Har har ;-)
Seriously, this is totally awesome... I have a very useful application for google maps that I'm developing (well, it's done, but only for a much smaller community than Chicago), and I would really love to integrate train routes into it... (or in that small community, bus routes...)
Steve, feel free to contact me ed knittel
As to your questions: there is nothing I can do about the load time without compromising my solution. If I was only loading the train stations than it would load very quickly. However, I have chosen to load all of the train lines as well as the stations. On top of that, I'm actually loading the train lines twice: once for the color and a second time to outline the paths with black to help them pop out more. Becuase the train tracks are curved there are a lot of polypoints that need to be plotted to make it look smooth.
As for the Metra and Bus lines - well, I invite others, like yourself, to take a stab at them. Personally, I don't take Metra or the buses but I do take the L which is why I chose it as my first Google Maps project.
Really, what I'd like to do is also do a CTA Yahoo! map but that hasn't gotten too far yet.
If you like it, DIGG it ed knittel
Mike Jeffers? A Guest
The answer to all of your questions ed knittel
Which is where I think Mike Jeffers comes in. Mike is in a band called Detagoh. I have yet to figure out why Mike made the post on Nick's blog.
Corrections to the answers! Andy H.
Nick Digilio is the host, the blog is operated by his producers ("The Nick D. Producers' Blog"), and Mike Stephen the particular producer who made the post (see the credit at the bottom of the post).
Mike Stephen is also in a band called Detagoh, and so is Mike Jeffers. How Jeffers got mixed into this whole thing though is anyone's guess!!
Anyway, the Google/CTA map RULES. Thanks for the shout back!
Nick's other producer (who is the retentive one)
Corrections are cool ed knittel
Also, if I had bothered to read this
Posted by Mike Stephen at December 5, 2005 01:26 AMat the end of the post I wouldn't be smacking myself in the head and going D'oh!
good job chillweeder
Whoooo Hoooooo R
Directions From CTA station joe
Posting a Link to the Google CTA Map Chris
I am trying to put together a directory of Chicago-area Googlemaps. Can I post a link to this website on mine (www.cyris.us)? If so, it may mean more traffic (and consequently, more server load) on your site.. Let me know!
Chris: Please do add a link to the CTA map ed knittel
Joe: I really wish I could ed knittel
Great site Darrin
Future Plans Sakamura
No plans to add PACE, CTA buses or Metra ed knittel
Plans to Add PACE, CTA buses or Metra Sakamura
How did you create your Station Icon images? Rob
I am working on subway maps for other cities, and would like to create images just like the ones you have (for example: mm_12_circle_blue.png) to identify each station only using different colors. Can you share how you created them? I tried to mimic the images exactly in Photoshop and I got really close (using the text tool, create a period "." that is 105pt Times New Roman and apply a 1px stroke, position inside) but it is not exact.
It would be perfect if ... Jeff
this is rocking, thanks for your efforts.
I'll have to pass on a greasemonkey ed knittel
I think that just having the data points out there is beneficial to anyone who's looking to integrate the CTA's El lines into their project. So, Andreas, if you know anything about creating greasemonkey scripts I'd love to see what you can do with my data. Let me know if you do something as I would love to see it.
CTA/Google Map MJ
Jealous in DC Lindsay
Don't be jealous ed knittel
http://www.dcist.com/map/ (with line colors)
http://dcrails.com/ (with a cool "Show Line" drop down)
http://www.mabonus.net/wmata/ (with a sidepanel of stations you can filter)
If you combine all of those AND add Google Local AND show/hide specific lines then you've got a map similar to mine. If your government agency would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact me using my online contact form.
Metra using google maps Jorge
belmont stop not quite right Scott Marlowe
Just thought you'd wanna know.
thanks, this map is quite cool You should really get the CTA to pay for your bandwidth or something.
blue line, btw Scott Marlowe
I *think* it's fixed ed knittel
Ps. Tell all your friends about the map. Trust me on this one, the bandwidth isn't hurtin' here
I wish it was, but it isn't. Bah!
still not in the right place. Scott Marlowe
The belmont stop is below ground, and the blue line comes up above ground at the addison stop. Here's the above / below listing for the blue line:
On the south / western lines (54th/Cermack and the Forest Park branches) they're both above ground until after they meet, and at the racine station. It then goes underground at the UIC-Halsted station, and stays underground through downtown, and through the Grand, Chicago, and Division stations. Then, it goes back up above ground for the Damon, Western, and California stations, then goes underground for the Logan Square and Belmont stations, and comes back up at the Addison station and stays above ground all the way to O'Hare.
By the way, there's a new line coming. The 54/Cremack branch of the Blue line will, during rush hour, continue north instead of turning east where it currently intersects the Forest Park branch, and will then go into downtown on a new set of tracks, above ground the whole way. I'm not sure when this is going to be happening, but they've refurbished a section of track that's lain dormant for over 20 years to do this. Let's hope it works out.
Oh, and finally, for CTA Chicago on google, your site is number 2! woot! great work.
I moved it alright... ed knittel
I had moved it to the Northeast corner of Belmont and Kimball. I must have read your original message 20 times but I still didn't do it right. It's now on the Southeast corner as you said. Hopefully it's right this time.
As for the "Pink" line - yea, I'm familiar with the current details. I have most of the map ready to go when the change happens in June. However, there remain a lot of unanswered questions from the CTA that I need to wait on.
But, when the CTA is ready my Google Map will be ready.
Pink Line sneak peak ed knittel
Starting June 25, Cermak trains will no longer join the Forest Park branch at the Eisenhower Expressway and run through the Loop via the subway. Instead, they will head north along the Paulina Connector and join the Green Line, running east into the Loop on elevated tracks. Some rush-hour trains, however, will continue on the old route.so all of it's stations will be shared with other lines - even through the Loop.
Anyway, here's a sneak peak at what the CTA Google Map will probably look like come June 25.
metra and CTA jojo
You can beg all you want... ed knittel
Google Maps API v2 editor
from Yokohama, Japan
Excellent Map! Andy Fischoff
the answer is yes and no ed knittel
welcome stumblers ed knittel
A few quick comments Dan
Second... Things get a little confusing in the Loop due to the overlapping polylines. The Green Line disappears completely downtown, unless you're zoomed out far enough to see it re-emerge from underneath the Orange Line to the south. Have you given any thought to rejiggering your common lines to run side-by-side? (Granted, things might get a bit cramped on the north and east edges of the Loop and the lines would probably fall too far apart when zoomed in all the way, but couldn't you optimize it for, say, zoom level 3 and let everything otherwise fall where it may?)
Third... Is there any way you could limit the redrawing of polylines to the current extent? Panning is painfully slow, and it seems to be spending that time unnecessarily redrawing all sorts of stuff offscreen.
Fourth... The Purple Line stops at Wellington and Diversey.
direstions audrey harris
From 3200 N. Sheridan Rd. to State St. in the Loop AND
From 3200 N. Sheridan Rd. to 79th and Ashland. I use a cane so excessive walking to and from a bus line is not good. Please help. Thanks.
I've switched on the Pink Line ed knittel
At the same time I decided to switch the map to show the Pink Line as I'm sure it will be pretty important to see for some visitors now. However, I haven't tried the links to station schedules so there may need to be some tweaks. If you see anything odd let me know and I'll look to make any corrections.
As for Dan's comments about the overlapping and confusing polylines in the Loop area, this was a concious decision as polylines next to each other will require even MORE data points which would be inaccurate to begin with. My map has always had the ability to show all lines or to show just a single colored line. If you are only interested in the Orange line then click on the Show Orange Line link at the top of the page.
Hopefully that should help. Thanks for your comments and keep them coming.
Many thanks Jim from South Dakota
This is just what I've been hoping for! Kari
Konqueror Ken Bloom
Ken - it's Google's fault ed knittel
Google transit! Steve
You should submit the data you have to google transit's project. Basically, it's like the RTA Trip Planner, but much better. Currently it only exists for Portland, but they're willing to work with people to get it going for other cities and will accept data in just about any format you send to them.
It's at: http://www.google.com/transit
I'd love to see it happen, and might be willing to help out.. the rough part would be figuring out all the CTA Bus stops.. then adding in Metra... yikes. Still would be great to see @ Google though!
Bookmark a single line ed knittel
Recent Problems in Camino Scott Frazer
Seems to work fine under Firefox 2.0 / Mac OS X though.
Recent Problems in Camino, et al. ed knittel
Additionally, the "polyline problem" doesn't seem to be isolated to Camino. I have seen where after zooming in using both Firefox and IE that some of the train line polylines do not get redrawn. It seems random and inconsistent so, again, I'm going to have to do some more research into this.
Thanks for brining it to my attention... and Camino's not such a bad browser really. tastypopsicle.com looks great in it thankfully
Printing ability? Derrick W
One feature I would like to request is the ability to print. Right now I can just screenshot the map and print it from Irfanview, but for times when Im not at home or on my laptop, this would be nice. Dont know if Google Maps provides API access to such an ability, but if so, wow this would be wonderful. Just a thought... and an email response would be nice :D
Now you can print the map ed knittel
Drotiqus aversus mulkanos Wandy Liona
Thanks a lot for what You are doing! Frankxc
Reporting FireFox bug Christine
I love the site and plan to use it often--thanks so much! However, as a software tester, I feel compelled to report this bug: in my FireFox browser, if I don't have the window maximized, the address edit box will disappear underneath the map. Works fine in IE, however (I hate to have to say that!).
Also, can you post or e-mail me an address where I donate some moolah to the cause without having to open a PayPal account?
The CTA should hire you to completely REDO their maps/planning offers.
Now you can print the map Gerard Kennedy
This map is awesome. Ted Miin
What a great and nice app!!! captain way
I was redirect on your website by your reference in a source code project called "dark lotus".
Your gmap app is very nice and useful!!
Just a question, why did you script it in asp and not in php?
If you have any ressources tooltips for a newbie like me, I 'll take them
If you'll come in paris, don't hesitate to contact me..
Nota: I don't put my website because it changes a lot...
and sorry for my rusty english...
bye and take care...captain
Re: What a great and nice app!!! ed knittel
As you probably noticed my map enables you to place a marker for any address onto the map. It serves as a great reference to see what train station is the closest and what is likely the best route to get to the station. When I originally created the map I needed a way to handle the address passed in the query string. And since I have been programming VBscript for 8 years I naturally chose that route over PHP or any other language.
THANK YOU!! K Skinner
Re: THANK YOU!! ed knittel
love it!!! metra? mrm
Thanks for making it. your hard work is appreciated!
any plans to add a metra line or two?
Re: love it!!! metra? ed knittel
this map rocks joeybswift
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