Maps of transportation systems are some of the most well-known, reproduced, and utilized maps. They are iconic of cities and regions, and are documents both residents and newcomers interact with on a daily basis. They are also works of art and practical tools that spur debate amongst users, designers, and experts alike.
This white paper examines some of the ideas that make great transit maps and introduces new tactics that can help ease navigating these systems for all kinds of riders. Making better transit maps helps to unite a city, brings a sense of identity, and opens doors for new and seasoned riders to unlock their city in a new way.