Christopher J. Bessert: Portfolio Samples

Displayed here are a very small sampling of some of the maps and other projects I have completed in the past few years. Additional examples, hardcopy and/or digital versions are always available upon request.

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Transportation Planning Projects

GVMC Non-Motorized Transportation Plan 2009
GVMC Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, 2009. One of the main transportation-planning documents generated by the Grand Rapids MPO, it was enhanced through the use of a unifying graphic design, color scheme, typeface selection and overall purposeful layout and design.

Both a printed version and "downloadable" version for the web were created.

You can download or view a copy of this 104-page document is available on the GVMC Website (PDF).

GVMC 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan GVMC 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan Update, 2011. The primary transportation-planning document generated by the Grand Rapids MPO, it is currently in process for release in early 2011. Like the Non-Motorized plan, the LRTP will be enhanced through a unifying graphic design, color scheme, typeface selection and overall purposeful layout and design.

Please note that the final cover design has not yet been selected from a group of several possible designs.


GVMC 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan
GVMC 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan, 2007. The previously-approved LRTP covering the Greater Grand Rapids MPO from 2007. This document was improved from previous versions with clearer layout and design, improved maps and graphics and through the use of a document template system, simplied the ongoing update process.

You can download or view a copy of this 123-page document is available on the GVMC Website.

Michigan Left Turn graphic

Michigan Left Turn graphic - detail
Michigan Left. Created for the Michigan Left section of my Michigan Highways website, many of those visiting the site are unaware of just how a "Michigan Left" even works.

An earlier version of this graphic, featured on the site for over a decade, was featured in several mainstream newspaper articles, including the Traverse City Record-Eagle, and The Bay City Times.

For a website redesign effort in 2013, I completely redrew the graphic which is featured at top left at 50% of its actual size and at bottom left half of the graphic is shown at actual size.

Michigan Left Turn

Grand Rapids MPO Area Non-Motorized Map
Grand Rapids MPO Area Non-Motorized Map (closeup)
Grand Rapids MPO Area Non-Motorized Map. This map, and a companion detail map of just the Grand Rapids urbanized area, were created in 2006 to help in non-motorized transportation planning in the region. The focus of the maps was to highlight all non-motorized types of transportation facilities, including bicycle and hiking trails (existing and proposed), sidewalks along Federal-Aid roadways, recreational facilities, public transporation routes and hubs, etc. Both maps are 11" x 17" inches in size and a close-up is provided below the main map at left.

These maps are available for viewing or downloading at the GVMC Transportation website:

Main Map (PDF)
GR Urban Map (PDF)

Grand Rapids Amtrak Station Map (closeup)
Grand Rapids Amtrak Station Map (overview)
Grand Rapids Amtrak Station Map & Directions. Grand Rapids is home to the northern end of the increasingly-popular Pere Marquette Amtrak train. This map is an update to an earlier map for the WESTRAIN website to provide directions to the station in downtown Grand Rapids. Beside the map and some general station-related information, also include are textual directions from several of the area's major freeways to the station.

You can download both the new and previous versions of the map (compare the cartographic and stylistic changes for what is, essentially, the same map data and information):

New Amtrak Station Map (2010, PDF)
Previous Amtrak Station Map (2004, PDF)

Milwaukee Freeway System Map
Milwaukee Freeway System Map (closeup)
Milwaukee Freeway System Map. Created for my Wisconsin Highways website, this map illustrates not only the existing freeway system in Wisconsin's largest city, it also locates the many proposed-but-unbuilt freeways in the region. This map incorporates both vector GIS data and a shaded relief hillshade backdrop. The "live" version of the map is "clickable," where site visitors can simply click on any freeway segment and be taken to an in-depth article relating to that highway.

Milwaukee Freeway System Map.


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This is a website created, authored and maintained by Christopher J. Bessert as a portal for information about him, his GIS, mapping, cartography, transportation-planning and webmastering projects, as well as a home for his resume, portfolio and a listing of many of the computer technologies and softeware he knows how to use.