Westfest 2019

May 24, 2019

A family enjoying the hands-on mapping activity designed by CURA

Earlier this month CURA had to opportunity to participate in Westfest 2019, held on the West Campus of the Ohio State University.


Researchers Represent CURA at the 2019 AAG Conference

April 16, 2019

CURA was well-represented at the 2019 American Association of Geographers annual meeting, which took place in Washington DC in early April.

Transfer Risk

Graduate research associate Luyu Liu presented his work modeling transfer risk in the Central Ohio transit network. The paper, titled Measuring public transit transfer risk using high-resolution schedule and real-time bus location data is an in depth analysis looking at the transfer between routs in a public transit system. Luyu looked at high-resolution schedule and real-time vehicle location data to develop two measures to assess transfer risk and time penalties in a public transit system. Transfer Risk (TR) measures the proportion of missed transfers and Average Total Time Penalty (ATTP) shows overall time loss compared to the schedule. Luyu illustrated these measures using schedule and real-time vehicle data published via the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) for the transit authority in Columbus, Ohio. He aggregated, visualized and analyzed each index under different spatial and temporal resolutions. He also simulated the impacts of dedicated bus lanes (DBLs) on the overall transfer performance and different types of transfers. The results demonstrate the potential to apply the TR and ATTP indexes to assess the impacts of delays on transfers and guide planning and decision making to improve on-time performance.

Co-author: Harvey Miller

Transfer Risk in minutes

Sample Screenshot of Transfer Risk in minutes


Spring 2019 Speaker Series Preview: Natural Resources & GIS

April 4, 2019

Natural Resources & GIS: Applications at the Local Level

CURA has a long tradition of bringing novel ideas and thoughtful discussion about urban and regional issues to Central Ohio through our semi-annual speaker series. Recently, we have focused on Mobility and Equity (Fall 2018), Cities and Water (Spring 2018), People-Centered Cities (Fall 2017), Smart Cities (Spring 2017), and Healthy Cities (Fall 2016). The theme for Spring 2019 will be Natural Resources & GIS and we are excited about our local expert!


Recap Workshop: Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online

April 4, 2019

The AGOL workshop held in the research commons on the 18th ave. library at Ohio State University

Last month our Outreach Coordinator, Katie Phillips and Geospatial Information Librarian, Josh Sadvari co-presented a workshop on the basics of web mapping using ArcGIS Online (AGOL). This workshop was aimed at OSU faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines who want to use GIS in their research but are not familiar with the software.