GIS and Maps

Geography plays a vital role in timetable scheduling/editing with DIVA and journey planning with EFA. Passengers not only need to know when they can start their journey, but also where and to what destination.

DIVA uses

  • GIS vector data
  • Bitmap-maps and
  • Aerial Photos.


These data are imported from third-parties. DIVA can import vector data from all the standard sources, including data from Open Street Map (OSM). During the import process the data are converted to the internal DIVA GIS format.
DIVA GIS data are viewed in DIVA Geo, a system module that is also used to edit vector data.

Bitmap-maps and aerial photos are imported and converted to the proper scales and projections.

Maps are used in DIVA Web as the basis to position stops and set routes.

DIVA computes maps using GIS data (render). In order to complete jobs specific to public transport, maps require contents that are specially optimized to the task. For this purpose, the map view (characteristics) can be changed to highlight specific objects. In addition to conventional map elements like streets, green space, developed areas, lakes, borders or industrial areas, DIVA maps contain public transport relevant information like stops, route options, POIs, points of sale, P&R parking areas or bike rental stations. Additional items not normally used in the GIS data like contours of buildings and schading in mountainous regions can be integrated and used on the maps.


Common features for all DIVA carthography products are:

  • No overlapping texts
  • Optimized output sequence which optimally diaplays the most important information depending on the intended use.
  • Highest print quality through the use of standardized file formats PDF
  • Defined workflow to create professional-grade maps at print shops
  • Fine adjustment of configuration in which nearly every item on the map can be customized to fit the given requirements.


The interactive map is one of the basic elements used in DIVA Web (FeuerseeLuftbild) and the EFA journey planner. This map can be calculated using DIVA MAPs, which generates scale-dependant tiles. Distribution is can be controlled as desired, but it can be easily matched to the distribution and projection of OSM maps.

DIVA MAPs is used to produce maps to be printed or downloaded. The most important map types are:

  • Route network maps (RNMs)
  • Route option maps (ROMs)
  • City map sections (CMSs)


These maps have a geographic background and display the transport routes in the foreground. In places where the network is dense, it is important to pay attention to correct labeling, particularly for the supression of routes, or the parallel display of different operating branches. The common generation of basic map and route display prevents important information from being overwritten/hidden. 

VVS maps are generated using DIVA

Article from mdv-news I-2005

Route Network Map Stuttgart

City Map Section

Route Option Map