French train delays mapped – your frustrations made beautiful

This is lovely. SNCF has teamed up with the Senseable City Lab at MIT to create a map of delays over one week. As a happy but infrequent user of the trains – generally for weekends away – I was a little surprised at the number of red dots passing through Montpellier. Interestingly, you can see points where some event – sadly from the map we don’t know what – causes a handful of trains to all be badly delayed. Must have been really annoying for those involved but it makes for a peaceful, hypnotic visualisation.

The team behind the map also put together another visualisation showing France with its dimensions deformed to show travel times, as opposed to distance. Again, it’s well worth a minute or two of your time.


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