SMART

We recently moved to Rohnert Park, a small (north of San Francisco) community of roughly 41,000 people.

I love it here. The town is bikeable and walkable. By bike, I can get to the local grocery store in less than 10 minutes and to my bank in less than 15.

And in less than 20, I can walk to Cotati’s newest SMART train station.

SMART

SMART Train at the Rohnert Park train station 6-29-2017

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (or SMART) started special service this summer, transporting folks from Santa Rosa to San Rafael. Though a start date for full, regular service has yet to be announced, if you were lucky, you might have managed to snag a ride during one of SMART’s free ride days.

On the first day SMART was open to the public, I wasn’t so lucky. But I still wanted to take the ride down to San Rafael. So, I decided to do it virtually – via a map.

Go ahead – click on it! You know you want to…

Of course, I had to add some spatial analysis and data.

Using both ArcMap Desktop and ArcGIS Online geoprocessing tools, I determined a (driveable) 5 minute service area around each currently-to-be-opened station and then added some basic demographic data to those areas (shown in green blobs, dark shades indicate a larger population served).

The summary tab at the bottom tallies the total potential population served (within 5 minutes of each station), the average household income of that population, and averages the population diversity index (the larger the number, the more likely two random folks are not of the same race).

Feel free to zoom in and explore the map. It’s interesting (to me, at least) to see the difference of service areas surrounding each station. For example, Rohnert Park’s 5 minute service area is smaller than Cotati’s (presumably because it’s faster to get around Cotati than Rohnert Park). This leads to a lower population served by Rohnert Park (9,873 people) versus Cotati (29,449 people) even though they are only 4 minutes (1.24 miles) apart.

Some thing tells me the Cotati train station might be more popular than Rohnert Park’s station.

Until we all get a chance to ride the train, what other insights might you find on this map?

 

Historic Landmarks Web Map

Hello,

GIS Day 2014 is coming up, and in preparation, I set out for myself to create three web maps.

The first is a map showing the twenty-seven historic landmarks in Sonoma County. Below is a screen shot of the web map as viewed in Google Chrome. It has some nifty functionality such as the bookmarked Zoom locations, a nice grid display of the features on the left-hand side of the screen, and when you click on a point, you can drill down for more information on each locale.

screenshot

I utilized ESRI’s Shortlist story map template which can be downloaded here. It was quite simple to make and didn’t require any specialized software what-so-ever. You do need an ArcGIS Online account. Go here to create one.

My next two projects utilizing ESRI’s templates will be more complicated and feature derived data products. Those should be fun and I’ll keep you posted once they are completed.

On a separate, but related note, did you notice I mentioned GIS Day? It’s coming up. Like, in about two months! For those of you in the north San Francisco Bay area, mark your calendars (November 19, 2014) and get ready for a fun and educational day at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, CA.