An animated map of Auckland’s public transport network

Last year I linked to an animation of Melbourne’s trains system developed by Flink Labs. This one (click on map) shows a day in the life of public transport in Auckland and was developed by Chris McDowell. He says:

The animation begins at 3am on a typical Monday morning. A pair of blue squiggles depict the Airport buses shuttling late night travellers between the Downtown Ferry Terminal and Auckland International. From 5am, a skeleton service of local buses begins making trips from the outer suburbs to the inner city and the first ferry departs for Waiheke Island. Over the next few hours the volume and frequency of vehicles steadily increases until we reach peak morning rush hour. By 8am the city’s major transportation corridors are clearly delineated by a stream of buses filled with commuters. After 9am the volume of vehicles drops a little and stays steady until the schools get out and the evening commute begins. The animation ends at midnight with just a few night buses moving passengers away from the central city.

Some things to note:

  • The steady pulse of the Devonport Ferry.
  • The speed at which buses hurtle down the Northern Motorway’s new bus lanes.
  • The interplay between buses and ferries on Waiheke Island.
  • The sheer mind-boggling complexity of the system.

Please note that there are a few quirks in the animation. A couple of ferry services pass across the land and there is at least one erroneous harbour crossing. These errors are not problems with the MAXX schedule – they are errors introduced by missing geometries. I will attempt to rectify these issues at a later date.



2 Comments on “An animated map of Auckland’s public transport network”

  1. Ben Hosken says:

    Hi Alan,

    You might be interested in a piece we published last week which is a visualisation of all Sydney Buses over a given day.

    and the associated Realtime Bus Map we made


    Ben Hosken
    Flink Labs

  2. […] also these animations of transport in Auckland and […]

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