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Map: How Far Can You Get on Public Transit in 30 Minutes?

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If you hopped on a bus, how far could you go in 15 minutes? 30? An hour?

The developer of Mapnificent answers just that question with a map based on data from Metro. The map has been around for a while now, but Curbed LA noted it earlier this week, and it's pretty cool despite its limitations.

We took screenshots of some of the different neighborhoods at the 30 minute mark for the sake of comparison. You can tweak the map if you have a bike, you don't feel like walking a lot or you want to compare the weekday commute to the weekend. And it's not just an L.A. phenomenon, so the site might be worth a look if you're traveling to another big city.

This program is incomplete and the developer admits it. That's why we left out maps of some obvious starting points like Santa Monica or even the San Gabriel Valley. The map doesn't seem to have data from the the light rail, the Big Blue Bus, Culver City or other systems in the 'burbs. The developer is asking for a hand: "I need your help, I don't know jack about LA transit and need your expertise. Also if an agency doesn't publish data, I can't do anything about it."

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So if you'd like to see a more accurate maps, you need to pressure local transit agencies need to make certain data (Google Transit Feed Specification or GTFS) available to developers like him (it seems like he's already asked).

The project was inspired by Mapumental, and you can read more about the project or watch a video about it.

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