April 15, 2013
I’ve been commuting on Caltrain a bit recently, which inspired me to create this interactive Caltrain schedule visualization. The chart portion is based on a graph of French train schedules from the 1880s by E.J Marey. Fans of Edward Tufte might recognize Marey’s visualization, since Tufte discusses the work in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and uses a version of Marey’s graphic as the cover illustration for this book.
In my interactive schedule, you can select up to two stations to see the schedules of trains that serve those two stations in both directions, which is useful for planning a round trip. The page is also location-aware, and gives estimates for driving and walking to the nearest stations.