Concerned about the challenges faced in funding King County Metro, data visualization expert James Davenport has turned to a form he knows best to express the importance of the bus and trolley transit system in the city. His 24 Hours of King County Metro visualization is below. See also our new series, Bus Stop.
I mused about the challenge of finding a data visualization to capture the emotion and gravity of this issue. Rather than produce some big infographic or series of detailed graphs, I decided to make an animation. This traces every bus through every stop, for one entire weekday. Note how our entire city, every major landmark and neighborhood, is traced by just plotting the bus stops. The buses thread the city like ants in a colony, connecting everyone and everywhere.