TubeViz charts the ebb and flow of passengers through the London tube system allowing for an intuitive understanding of transit phenomena through visual inspection.
Fundamentally it translates everyday transit phenomena such as rush-hour into a visual language that is immediately understandable. By watching the ebb and flow of people through the system, you can observe the true scale and nature of these phenomena as they happen from the slow trickle of people into the system in the morning to the mad explosion of rush-hour. You can see the pulsating heartbeat of the mid-day lull and the flow of people to the West End for their evening shows. You can immediately appreciate the difference in the pattern between the commuter led weekdays and the shopping led weekends. On a more practical level it can also tell you whether it is better to wait half-an-hour to get on the tube at your preferred station or whether you should maybe consider walking an extra 300m to be more likely to get on the next departure.
Commuters can use it to better plan their journeys by targeting less heavily utilised stations at their preferred departure time or adjust their departure to fit with less busy times at their target stations.
The general public can use it to gain an intuitive understanding of how their everyday experiences of public transport look in the context of the wider system in which they take part.
It should also be of interest to researchers with an interest in how transit systems work.
It is based on data from TFL Passenger Counts, Oyster Card Data, Dataset of lines and stations.
TubeViz was created by Daniela Krug and Lars Malmqvist.