Project Title

Using Geospatial Data to Determine a Least Cost Path Analysis of a Public Transport System for Atlanta

Presenters

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

Additional Faculty

Dr. Robert Allen, Civil and Construction Engineering, arobe139@kennesaw.edu

No human subjects needed for project.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

I worked to create a least cost path analysis for building a public transit system that circles Atlanta as one continuous line. Atlanta relies on MARTA as it’s primary public transport. MARTA lacks in connecting the suburbs of metro Atlanta to Atlanta. When Atlanta was awarded host of the 1996 Olympics, they quickly expanded the roadways, such as interstate 85, in attempt to accommodate more traffic. With an increase in population since then, these roads have become congested with personally owned motor vehicles. I will be creating this project for my final project in my Advanced GIS course, under Dr. Robert Allen. I used different map layers and an algorithm to determine the most cost effective, and physically plausible route. Layers include: source, cost, and cost distance measures. These layers will come together to display information about metro Atlanta in a cell or raster data format. Along with the addition of other research I will be able to display the cost, benefits, and other impacts of the transit route created. This project will show a potential solution to Atlanta traffic. A successful public transport will allow those living in metro Atlanta to access the Atlanta perimeter and/or a connection to MARTA without sitting in rush hour traffic.

Project Type

Poster

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Using Geospatial Data to Determine a Least Cost Path Analysis of a Public Transport System for Atlanta

I worked to create a least cost path analysis for building a public transit system that circles Atlanta as one continuous line. Atlanta relies on MARTA as it’s primary public transport. MARTA lacks in connecting the suburbs of metro Atlanta to Atlanta. When Atlanta was awarded host of the 1996 Olympics, they quickly expanded the roadways, such as interstate 85, in attempt to accommodate more traffic. With an increase in population since then, these roads have become congested with personally owned motor vehicles. I will be creating this project for my final project in my Advanced GIS course, under Dr. Robert Allen. I used different map layers and an algorithm to determine the most cost effective, and physically plausible route. Layers include: source, cost, and cost distance measures. These layers will come together to display information about metro Atlanta in a cell or raster data format. Along with the addition of other research I will be able to display the cost, benefits, and other impacts of the transit route created. This project will show a potential solution to Atlanta traffic. A successful public transport will allow those living in metro Atlanta to access the Atlanta perimeter and/or a connection to MARTA without sitting in rush hour traffic.