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Mapping Software and GIS Glossary


What are Desire Lines?

Desire lines are used to illustrate on a map the flows of people or goods from point to point based on the values from a matrix.

What is a desire line/desire line definition: TransCAD map of desire lines illustration truck flow to and from St. Louis

Given a matrix of flows between origins and destinations, desire lines can be used to illustrate those flows on a map.

Desire Line Software

TransCAD Transportation Planning Software provides the widest array of traffic procedures that can be used for modeling urban traffic. TransCAD also has specialized tools for transportation data visualization including desire lines, route systems, and more.

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