Mohd Shahmy Bin Mohd Said

Mohd Shahmy Bin Mohd Said

  • PhD Candidate

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Research Title

Land public transportation system in Kuala Lumpur: Cartographic overview and comprehensive spatial analysis.

Research Summary

Research Title

The Cartographic Analysis on the Development and Application of 'Whole-Network' Public Transportation Map

Summary of Research

My research will investigate one of the potential flaw that contribute to this poor public transport use, which is the lack of effective ‘Whole-Network’ public transportation maps and whether a new version of ‘Whole-Network’ mapping can eradicate user’s confusion during the journey planning process involved when they plan to travel by bus. Availability of such information will make it much easier for the users to understand what the wide services provision is really offering to them.

Public transportation is a cornerstone of a nation’s economy. Its availability and convenience defines the quality and promotes positive perception of public transport services in place. A lack of understanding of the public transport system is a major factor in why people tend to use private cars rather than the bus system. When a huge amount of information is poorly formulated and presented, the whole system will be view more as a complicated option to use rather than as a solution as it is intended to be.

Presenting a ‘whole-network’ bus system in one single map is really helpful for user’s route planning across a region. Only with one map, the user can decide what the best bus route that they should take to reach their destination. However, this type of ‘whole-network’ bus map often seem as a complicated map as it deemed to show all routes of all services provided by all the bus companies across the one specific area. One of the mapping methods done to eradicate this ‘whole-network’ bus map problem is to present this information in schematic map form. A schematic map uses a certain level of distortion in its map design, thus make it possible to draw an entire bus network in a single map without too much topographic detail and in generally look more aesthetically pleasing to eyes of user. Nevertheless, based on research done by Morrison (1996), the writer state that schematic maps are not convenient for bus maps as they not geographically ‘true’ and it do not show all the roads served over a route. 

The need for well integrated and comprehensive ‘whole-network’ maps as part of bus information provision is crucial as a basis for user’s analysis and decision making. A lack of maps or having a complex maps with confusing and complicated information will lead users to ignore the bus services as one of their travelling options. As for the relevant authority’s perspective, the failure to see this type of public transportation information as a whole picture will lead to public funding being channelled to waste rather to the effective use of the infrastructure.

The improved ‘whole-network’ bus map system should expose the users to all the choices that they can take to reach their destination from their current location in the shortest period of time. The outcome of this research also should influence the users/commuters to use the bus transportation systems and will give a big boost to the relevant authorities to use the maps produced as the basis of planning and resource allocation decisions. The bus system must be seen as a simple yet complete service system


Additional Information

Mohd Shahmy Mohd Said is a Phd Research Student in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geomatics / Cartography at University of Glasgow. He received his MSc. in Geographical Information Science from Mara University of Technology, Malaysia back in 2012. He has previously worked as a Geomatic (Hydrographic) Support Surveyor for three years before decided to further his study at University of Glasgow. As an avid map enthusiast and future academician, he currently focuses on developing his work, research and teaching skills in the field of Cartography. His research interest includes statistical map design analysis, the public transportation’s user information and map design, map visualization and geographical information system.