Aaron Doucett is a mapping specialist for an engineering firm.
He’s also a daily MBTA rider who spends a lot of time thinking about ways to make the system more user-friendly.
His current creation is a map that MBTA riders can use to visualize the walking distance between their home or office and the nearest MBTA station.
“I wanted to create something that anyone living in Boston or the surrounding cities would find interesting and useful,’’ Doucett said. “I think this map would also be very helpful for someone looking to move to the area, who is searching for apartments or jobs and wants to estimate their commute.’’
After graduating from UMass Amherst this spring, Doucett moved to Somerville. His office is in Kendall Square.
“From where I live, it’s about an 8-minute walk to the Red Line,’’ Doucett said.
The map Doucett launched this week is just the first iteration.
“It’s still a work in process, and the next version will include the option to see how the data will change once the Green Line Extension is built,’’ he said. “I can already tell you that Somerville is going to be far better off than it is now in terms of station access.’’
And the map isn’t Doucett’s only idea.
“There are many third-party bus tracker apps, but why not one created by the MBTA itself? In our current world, we want up-to-the-second updates on everything, all the time,’’ he said. “I think it’s critical they keep moving forward in regards to technology and improvements.’’
And last but not least, “a dash of WD-40 on the Green Line wheels would be much appreciated.’’