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Awww...the houston and baltimore ones are so cute. :P how about an elevated train? Heres Chicago's:

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That's an old map. Here's a current one.

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Be interesting if they include the coming limited access high-speed bus routes on future maps.

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Denver has a (relatively) new Light Rail system to add on to the already awesome bus system. From a design perspective of the map, I liked that they made all the reference streets straight, even though they're not - it really helps you gauge exactly how far north/south you need to be instead of concentrating on the really not important bends of the streets.

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and here's a quick screen-grab of all the new lines that will be added in the next 6-8 years (for reference, the current system has nothing north of downtown, and it's all pretty much clustered around I-25 going south):

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It probably shares track with the red line. Berlin and Munich both have multiple lines that share the same track. But it could also be an express train from the airport, such as what Vienna has.

Berlin

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Vienna

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It probably shares track with the red line. Berlin and Munich both have multiple lines that share the same track. But it could also be an express train from the airport, such as what Vienna has.

I briefly thought that but any other map in the world would show the stops lying across both lines. In the map shown, the dots are only on the red line leading me to believe the green line used those tracks but didn't stop there.

That Vienna train was nice and handy when I took it 1996. From the McDonalds at the airport to the McDonalds in the station in downtown Vienna in no time. :flagusa:

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Here's my favorite, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Nothing beats riding the BART trains around the Bay Area.

At least show a more current map. :grin:

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Here's my favorite, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Nothing beats riding the BART trains around the Bay Area.

At least show a more current map. :grin:

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What's the difference between "multiple line" stops and "transfer" stops?

Also, I'm loving what this thread is turning into. Transit maps are second only to sports logos in my pantheon of design nerddom.

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I'll bite. My current city, Las Vegas.

I haven't ridden it at all, but here is a map for the Las Vegas Monorail. It's only fitting that in this city, the stops are all named for the hotels where they are located. According to multiple sources, there are plans to expand the system so that it reaches all the way south to McCarran Airport. Note that it conforms with Waffles' idea that certain sets of information are more important than others. The map is not to scale, ignores small streets in favor of major intersections, straightens lines, and names stops by their landmarks and not their streets. This is a system for tourists to move between hotels, and the map reflects that.

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In contrast, check out the map for the valley's bus system. As you can see, this is a much larger operation that includes both downtown Las Vegas and all surrounding suburbs. Unlike the monorail, the bus system is for locals. The map reflects that.

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I had no idea this thread turned into transit-mania. It's one of my favorite topics (spurned on by the fantastic Seattle Transit Blog).

Here's a rendering of the Seattle light rail system that shows all projects funded and expected to be complete in about a decade:

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And here's a rendering of the current and proposed Seattle Streetcar network:

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The map is ridiculously big, considering only the orange line is operational, and only the red line is funded to be built. Oh well -- dreamers do dream.

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Shocked that a San Fran map would have a rainbow. :D

BART doesn't seem to have a purple line, like Denver's... :upside:

I was in New York this past weekend and that map was very handy with the line # under each station. Although, I only figured that out when I took an express train instead of a local ^_^

I've tried NYC, DC, Chicago and Boston. I would say my favourite was DC because there's a display for when the trains arrive and the lights on the platform showing when a train arrives. I swear they're really telling me that an alien spacecraft is coming.... oddly enough, I've been to Montreal and San Francisco a few times and I've never taken their subway systems, although, I've used the CalTrain. I plan to go to England next year and maybe I'll get to use the tube.

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I had no idea this thread turned into transit-mania. It's one of my favorite topics (spurned on by the fantastic Seattle Transit Blog).

Here's a rendering of the Seattle light rail system that shows all projects funded and expected to be complete in about a decade:

And here's a rendering of the current and proposed Seattle Streetcar network:

Seattle_Streetcar_Network_Map_Connections.png

The map is ridiculously big, considering only the orange line is operational, and only the red line is funded to be built. Oh well -- dreamers do dream.

That brown line shouldn't be there. Everyone has made it very clear that the Waterfront Streetcar isn't coming back.

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And the green and purple lines are really just a twinkle in the transit fan's eye.

It does make one think, however, about how cheaply we could set up rail throughout Seattle if we do streetcars instead of rapid transit. I don't know what the time savings benefit would be, but it could get us up to Portland levels of rail service pretty quickly if we had a funding commitment to do it. A Ballard line through Fremont would be pretty awesome.

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I quite like the simplicity of Hong Kong's subway map. Of course there's no simplicity (for me) in some of the station names, but the layout is intuitive and easy to memorize. They also have an 'Octopus' card which is like a metrocard, but it uses RFID, and you can buy all sorts of stuff in the subway from drinks to newspapers to the subway ride itself. You can also use your cell phone in the tunnels, which is handy if you are running late (but also annoying to hear everyone else).

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