This Map Shows the Holiday Craziness of NYC Airport Taxi Trips

Posted On Mon, December 1, 2014 By

Posted On Mon, December 1, 2014 By In holidays, maps, Transportation

Still recovering from a Thanksgiving travel fiasco? Or maybe you haven’t even made it home yet. Either way, this map is probably not going to make you feel better. It’s a visualization of taxi trips from NYC-area airports between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

The project was inspired by a previous mapping endeavor, NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life, and was created by designers at ImageWork Technologies. They looked at taxi trips originating from JFK and LaGuardia in 2013, and even have a feature that allows users to filter the results by individual airline terminals.

Holiday Taxi Map, ImageWork Technologies, NYC Holiday Taxi Visualization

The map shows the not-surprising trend that few people travel on the actual holidays–such as Thanksgiving or Christmas–but a few days later trips surge. Take, for example, December 2, 2013, the Monday after Thanksgiving, when there were nearly 10,000 taxi trips from JFK and LaGuardia (keep in mind that doesn’t include Newark). It also shows that JFK’s terminals four and five typically see the most action. And though this might seem simple, the technology and logistics that went into the map’s creation was anything but.

Check out the full map here, and get a head start on your holiday travel anxiety.

[Via Fast Co. Design]

Images via NYC Taxi Holiday Visualization

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