Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S. in Geographic Information Science

Organizational Unit

College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment

First Advisor

Andrew Goetz

Second Advisor

Steven R. Hick


Geographic Information Science (GIS), Smart growth communities, San Diego Metropolitan’s Transit System (SDMTS), Transportation infrastructure


Rapid population growth, water and air pollution, overloaded public services, and traffic congestion can stress economies and result in unsustainable communities. Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a valuable technology for reversing negative these types of trends by identifying areas that may presently exhibit Smart Growth characteristics. Rather than expand on the current transportation infrastructure and develop new Smart Growth communities, San Diego Metropolitan’s Transit System (SDMTS) intends to use this study to review the current transit routing infrastructure in an effort to support communities exhibiting Smart Growth potential. Communities along existing transportation infrastructure will analyzed as potential Smart Growth and TOD communities. After the study is completed, SDMTS will have the geospatial data necessary for supporting future Smart Growth development.

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Rights Holder

Michelle J. Nichols


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File Format



English (eng)


66 pgs

File Size

2.3 MB