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Railroad and Bus Passenger Stations of the United States

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Frequently anticipated questions:


What does this data set describe?

Title: Railroad and Bus Passenger Stations of the United States
Abstract:
This map layer shows Amtrak intercity railroad and bus passenger terminals in the United States. There are no Amtrak stations in Alaska or Hawaii. The data are a subset of data available from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS).
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    National Atlas of the United States, 201207, Railroad and Bus Passenger Stations of the United States: National Atlas of the United States, Rolla, MO.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -125
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -68
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 51
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar_Date: Jul-2012
    Currentness_Reference: Publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):

      • Entity point (861)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is GRS1980.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Railroad or Bus Station
    A location where Amtrak offers train and (or) bus services. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Shape
    The representation of the entity in the data. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    Point0-dimensional element.

    Amtrakx010
    Internal feature number. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:860

    Longitude
    The longitude of the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:-124.212
    Maximum:-68.671

    Latitude
    The latitude of the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:25.850
    Maximum:48.720

    Stn_id
    The Amtrak station 3-character identification code. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Amtrak Station Codes
    Codeset Source:http://www.amtrak.com/html/stations_A.html

    Stn_name
    The Amtrak station name. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    There is no predefined set of valid station names.

    Address
    The street address of the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    There is no predefined set of valid addresses.

    City
    The name of the city where the station is located. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    There is no predefined set of valid city names.

    State
    The 2-character FIPS code of the State or State equivalent in which the station is located. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Codes for States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Insular Areas of the United States
    Codeset Source:U.S. Census Bureau

    Zip
    The 5- or 9-digit U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code for the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Address Information Systems Viewer
    Codeset Source:U.S. Postal Service

    Stntype
    The type of Amtrak station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    BUSA station that provides bus service linking to the Amtrak railroad network.
    OTHERA station which provides undefined services.
    RAILA station which provides access to the Amtrak railroad network.

    Stfips
    The 2-digit FIPS code of the State or State equivalent. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Codes for States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Insular Areas of the United States
    Codeset Source:U.S. Census Bureau


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • National Atlas of the United States

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    National Atlas of the United States
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Reston, VA 20192

    1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) (voice)
    atlasmail@usgs.gov

    Contact_Instructions:
    For questions about this map layer or metadata, please contact the National Atlas using the information above, or through the U.S. Geological Survey contact page at http://www.usgs.gov/ask/. For distribution questions, please see the Distribution Information elsewhere in this metadata.


Why was the data set created?

These data are intended for geographic display and analysis at the national level, and for large regional areas. The data should be displayed and analyzed at scales appropriate for 1:1,000,000-scale data. No responsibility is assumed by the National Atlas of the United States in the use of these data.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    Amtrak (source 1 of 3)
    Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS), 2007, National Transportation Atlas Database 2007 - Amtrak Stations: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS), Washington, DC.

    Type_of_Source_Media: CD-ROM
    Source_Contribution: Spatial and attribute information

    RNetc (source 2 of 3)
    Various, Unknown, Online location and attribute sources.

    Other_Citation_Details:
    Numerous sources were used to compile complete station information for this map layer, including the Center for Transportation Analysis Rail Network, Wikipedia, ESRI Online Streets, and other online map sources. More information is available from the National Atlas contacts listed elsewhere in this metadata.
    Type_of_Source_Media: Online
    Source_Contribution: Spatial and attribute information

    QC (source 3 of 3)
    National Atlas of the United States, Unknown, 1:1,000,000-Scale National Atlas map layers and other quality control files.

    Other_Citation_Details:
    Numerous sources were used to perform quality-control and vertical integration, including all the 1:1,000,000-scale National Atlas map layers, a variety of online sources, and online USGS topographic maps. More information is available from the National Atlas contacts listed elsewhere in this metadata.
    Type_of_Source_Media: Variable
    Source_Contribution: Spatial information

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Aug-2010 (process 1 of 3)
    The Amtrak Stations point shapefile was copied from the National Transportation Atlas Database CD-ROM. The shapefile was projected to geographic coordinates. Stations with a status of closed, future, or future/bus were deleted. Questions were resolved through online searches for additional information, and minor edits were performed.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • Amtrak
    • RNetc

    Date: 2012 (process 2 of 3)
    All the 1:1,000,000-scale map layers were checked for vertical integration. Station locations were checked and adjusted to make sure the features did not fall within waterbodies and to make sure that they were within 500 meters of their true location.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • QC

    Date: 2013 (process 3 of 3)
    The map layer was saved in shapefile and in file geodatabase formats.

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    The map layer includes Amtrak railroad and bus stations. Regional commuter railroad stations that are not also served by Amtrak are not included. The map layer does not include information on passenger boardings, because Amtrak considers that information to be proprietary.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    The map layer was checked for topological consistency using ArcGIS. No other checks for logical consistency were performed on this map layer.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
None. Acknowledgment of The National Atlas of the United States of America would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Earth Explorer, U.S. Geological Survey
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001

    605-594-6116 (voice)
    custserv@usgs.gov

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Geological Survey regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. No responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 28-Mar-2014
Metadata author:
National Atlas of the United States
U.S. Geological Survey
Reston, VA 20192

1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) (voice)
atlasmail@usgs.gov

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)



 


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