Metro’s GIS data includes 2 types of line shapefile (Bus Lines and Rail Lines) and three types of point shapefile (Bus Stops, Rail Stations and Rail Portals).
The Metro Bus Line Zip File contains 5 shapefiles that cover all Metro Bus Lines. A shapefile is a set of 3 to 7 interrelated files that can be used with mapping (GIS) software. These technical files that have no other application; you must have GIS software to use them. The shapefiles are redrawn every six months, typically in June and December. We’ll try to post them within six weeks of changes.
The 5 shapefiles each contain a group of Metro Bus Lines. The 5 groups are:
(Note: “mmyy” stands for the month and year of the shakeup.)
The bus line shapefiles are generated from basic operating schedules for all trunk lines. Branch lines and short-lines are subsets of these lines. Example: Only Limited Line 344 is listed under Lim&Exp. The other Limited Routes (i.e., routes that skip stops) are branch lines that will be found under their parent trunk line (e.g., Limited Line 302 is a branch of Local Line 2).
The attribute file (dbf) of any bus line shapefile has a column, “Var_Route” which identifies the Trunk Line. A trunk line may have many rows associated with this Line. Each of these represent a trip pattern that may be assigned to a bus.
The attribute file also contains a column “Var_Descr” that further describes the trip pattern. A bus route that differs from the trunk line’s route (enough to be given its own Route number in the bus’ headsign) will be indicated in this column. In order to have a single bus line displayed on a map use your GIS software to highlight and/or export the trip patterns with that bus line’s name.
Similar to the Metro Bus Line shapefiles, the Bus Stop shapefile is a set of interrelated files that can be used with GIS software. Two Bus Stop shapefiles are available, each with the same content but organized differently. These shapefiles will be updated every shakeup in tandem with the Bus Line shapefiles.
Bus Lines and Bus Stops are really separate systems on a map. While the bus line shapefiles are snapped to the street centerline, the bus stops are the exact points where the stops occupy the sidewalk; they are necessarily offset from the lines.
The Metro Rail Line shapefiles show the Route of Line (ROW) of each Rail Line. These are not revised per shakeup because the ROW does not change. The overall Rail Line zip file will be amended as new lines are added or existing lines are extended.
These are point shapefiles where the measurement point is center-platform.
These are the entrances to each rail station. More than one portal may be listed at a station: any portal more than 50 feet from another has its own row in the dataset and will appear as a separate point location when mapped.
|801 Blue Track 03/16||801_Blue_Track_0316.zip|
|802 Red Purple Track 03/16||802_Red_Purple_Track_0316.zip|
|803 Green Track 03/16||803_Green_Track_0316.zip|
|804 Gold Track 03/16||804_Gold_Track_0316.zip|
|806 Expo Track 03/16||806_Expo_Track_0316.zip|
|Blue Line (801) Stations 0316||801_Blue_Stations_0316.zip|
|Red and Purple Line (802/805) Stations 0316||802_805_RedPurple_Stations_0316.zip|
|Green Line (803) Stations 0316||803_Green_Stations_0316.zip|
|Gold Line (804) Stations 0316||804_Gold_Stations_0316.zip|
|Expo (806) Stations 0316||806_Expo_Stations_0316.zip|
|All Stations 316||Stations_All_0316.zip|
To ensure safety, Metro shall be consulted for development and construction activities within 100 feet of Metro transit facilities, real estate assets, and right-of-way (ROW).
Metro provides geographic data (GIS shapefiles for use with ArcMap software and KMZ files for use in Google Earth) for third parties to identify adjacency conditions and measure the distance between planned projects and Metro facilities. The download file (linked below) includes ROW information for existing Metro Rail and Metro Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The 100-foot buffer is measured from the centerline of Metro ROW and is used to indicate a review zone where coordination is needed between Metro and third parties.
The download file contains GIS shapefiles for use with ArcMap software and KMZ files for use in Google Earth, including:
This data was last updated in January 2020. The ROW data are approximate and intended for estimation of distances of proposed projects to Metro ROW; they are distributed and transmitted on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied. The ROW data shall not be used as a proxy for specific engineering data or record drawings, which can be requested from Metro Engineering, if necessary. For more information, visit the Metro Development & Construction Coordination page.
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