Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Transit Accessibility Dashboard

As its name suggests, CURIO, short for Columbus Urban and Regional Information Observatory, is a collection of artifacts intended to inform, fascinate, or amuse.  But unlike curio collections of old, we’ve omitted the narwhal tusks and tribal masks in favor of something more relevant to the modern denizens of Central Ohio – namely a collection of digital visualizations of open data that allows users to explore the people, places, and phenomena of our region in an engaging, interactive way.  Created for no other reason than to demonstrate the value of open data, CURIO nonetheless provides value to researchers and laypeople alike in the form of real-time COGO bike and dock availability, traffic conditions and air quality information, and bus delay patterns, among others.  Users can overlay one or more datasets on a map of the region to see patterns and relationships in space as well as time.  For those interested in studying the region in more detail, CURIO includes a map gallery featuring dozens of datasets ranging from points of interest to demographics to parking meter locations.   CURIO also features two analytical “apps” that allow users to explore delays in the COTA bus network and range of travel via bus and walking given a particular starting point and time budget.  CURIO was created by researchers at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at The Ohio State University with support from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The transit accessibility visualization tool allows the user to see what bus stops can be accessed from a particular origin (depicted as black pin) in a specified amount of time. It can show accessibility based on published schedule (depicted in blue) or based on the realtime bus data for the specified date and time (depicted in red). The tool provides a powerful means of visualizing mobility on the bus network, as well as the impact that delays have on this mobility. Click on the image below to view the dashboard.