Historical Transit Routes - Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

This page last updated: 11/01/2007
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


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1. Overview
2. Data Quality
3. Data Organization
4. Coordinate System
5. Attributes
6. Distribution - Get Data
7. Metadata Reference

Section 1 Overview
Originator Metropolitan Council
Title Historical Transit Routes - Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Abstract The Historical Transit Routes layer contains streetcar, horsecar, ferry, 1948 bus and steampower routes in the Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area. One shape and one corresponding record exists for each dated route segment.

The line work for the dataset was developed by referencing the Metropolitan Council's functional class road dataset.

Attributes include type, corridor, year start, year end, year restart and private right-of-way.

For information comparing the different transit GIS datasets distributed by the Met. Council, please see www.datafinder.org/metadata/transit_data_overview.pdf .
Purpose To identify all locations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area where horsecars, streetcars, ferries, steam powered and 1948 bus routes traveled.
Time Period of Content Date 11/01/2007
Currentness Reference Routing information is accurate to reflect knowledge of transit history and referencing the book Isaacs A. & Diers J.W. 2007. Twin City Lines. The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul. University of Minnesota Press.

Attributes randomly checked by Metropolitan Council staff.
Progress In work
Maintenance and Update Frequency As Needed
Spatial Extent of Data Historical extent of streetcar routes in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Bounding Coordinates -94.012
-92.732
45.415
44.471
Place Keywords Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County
Theme Keywords streetcar, horsecar, steampower, ferry, transit, buses, routes, streets, roads, transportation
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Contact Person Information Jason Podany, Transit/GIS Planner
Metropolitan Council - Metro Transit
560 6th Ave N
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55411
Phone: 612-349-7714
Fax: 612-349-7675
Email: jason.podany@metc.state.mn.us
Browse Graphic Click to view a data sample
Associated Data Sets -Historical Transit Facilities
- bus routes, service, segments and stops
- For information comparing the different transit GIS datasets distributed by the Met. Council, please see www.datafinder.org/metadata/transit_data_overview.pdf .

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy TYPE, CORRIDOR, YR_START, YR_END1, YR_START2 and PRIV_ROW were derived by using information provided in the book Isaacs A. & Diers J.W. 2007. Twin City Lines. The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul. University of Minnesota Press.
Attributes randomly checked by Metropolitan Council GIS staff.
Logical Consistency This dataset contains one record and one polyLine shape for each dated route segment in the historical transit system. In most cases, several of the individual line shapes overlap each other, and remain as overlapping components of the polyLine. This can present problems when splitting out the individual components of the polyLine during editing processes, such as splitting or calculating length.
Completeness Entire seven county transit area is covered.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Positional accuracy varies throughout the dataset. Most line work was developed referencing the Metropolitan Council's Functional Class Road layer.

Text below taken from Functional Class Road metadata:

There are differing degrees of positional accuracy throughout the file. TLG adjusts the positional accuracy of the data to available sources known to have a greater degrees of accuracy then those used to generate the existing data. However, in all cases (including instances where COGO line work has been the reference) TLG generalizes the street segments to at least 4 feet in order to greatly reduce the number of vertices - thus reducing unnecessary file size and allowing for faster analysis.

TLG's goal is to have 95% of roads located to within the approximate center of digital right-of-way data or pavement centerlines provided from counties, where such digital data is available. In other areas, 95% of roads are intended to be within ten meters of the road or right-of-way center.
Lineage This dataset was created from scratch.
The historical transit routes dataset was defined with Met Council-defined functional class roads. See the metadata for the Bus Segments dataset for more information.

See the metadata for the TLG Street Centerline layer for source information.

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
UTM Zone Number 15
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units Meters

Section 5 Attributes
Overview LINE ATTRIBUTES:

TYPE: The type of service provided. Attributes include transit
1948 Bus Route, Cable Car, Ferry, Freight, Horsecar, Steam Power,
Stillwater Streetcar and Streetcar

CORRIDOR: The name of the streetcar or horsecar line

YR_START1: The year the transit segment began operation.

YR_END1: The year the transit segment terminated operation.

YR_START2: The year transit service was restarted on the segment.

PRIV_ROW: Indicates whether the service operated on private right-of-way.
Detailed Citation
Table Detail:

Section 6 Distribution
Publisher Metropolitan Council
Publication Date Periodically revised
Contact Person Information Mark Kotz, GIS Database Administrator
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101-1805
Phone: 651-602-1644
Fax: 651-602-1674
Email: mark.kotz@metc.state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier HistoricalTransitRoutes
Ordering Instructions This dataset is distributed on the internet by clicking below after 'Online Linkage'. Doing so will tell your browser to download a 'ZIP' file which will contain the following:

- ArcView shape files
- metadata for the dataset (.htm)
- NOTICE.RTF, an important notice about this dataset that can be read by any word processing software.
Distribution Liability NOTICE: The Geographic Information System (GIS) Data to which this notice is attached are made available pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). THE GIS DATA ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The GIS Data were developed by the Metropolitan Council for its own internal business purposes. The Metropolitan Council does not represent or warrant that the GIS Data or the data documentation are error-free, complete, current, or accurate. You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the GIS Data or your reliance on the GIS Data. You should consult the data documentation for this particular GIS Data to determine the limitations of the GIS Data and the precision with which the GIS Data may depict distance, direction, location, or other geographic features. If you transmit or provide the GIS Data (or any portion of it) to another user, it is recommended that the GIS Data include a copy of this disclaimer and this metadata.
Online Linkage I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will begin the download process. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 11/01/2007
Contact Person Information Jason Podany, Transit/GIS Planner
Metropolitan Council - Metro Transit
560 6th Ave N
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55411
Phone: 612-349-7714
Fax: 612-349-7675
Email: jason.podany@metc.state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm


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