The World Rail Network is a comprehensive geospatial database that incorporates rail transit attributes from systems located around the world. The current database encompasses 350 systems from 275 cities and 70+ countries. The data includes more than 25,000 station data points and 5,000 line segments that include operational and under construction projects.
The current database was released on January 24th, 2021 with new releases planned to occur at the beginning of each year. The data includes: Mode Type (Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Monorail, etc.), Year Opened, Status (Operational, Under Construction), KM and Miles of Track, Line, Transit System, and more.
With time, the database will grow to include tram and street car systems, as well as bus rapid transit systems. Data mining is occuring to gather informaiton regarding project costs and historical ridership trends.
The data can be viewed online using dashboards created using Esri Software. Check out the the Data Explorer and Dashboards Tab above for more information.
The dashboard above is a preview of the Esri dashboard established to understand individual transit systems. To interact with the dashboard, click on the "Transit System Dashboard" button below. This dashboard identifies miles and kilometers of operational and under construction track, and a plethora of characteristics related to each system.
The Dual System Dashboard allows users to view and analyze two systems at the same time, comparing and contrasting various attributes of each system. To interact with the dashboard, click on the "Dual System Dashboard" button below.
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