These maps of the London Underground give a sense of how much transit maps tend to distort distance for the sake of clarity. At top is an official map of the system; at bottom is a spatially accurate map of the system.
Super cute stocking stuffer idea from the people at Spacing.ca - magnets that you can arrange to form your own utopian transit system on the door of your fridge. It’s gotta be better than those do it yourself modern poetry magnets…
Here’s a beautiful map of the Moscow Metro from 1980 that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it’s an official map, as it looks quite different to other Moscow maps of the same vintage. The archive I found the map in also lists it as “Source Unknown”. It appears to have been printed on the flyleaf of a pocket-sized book, bound to the book’s front cover on the left half, with the fold just to the right of the vertical Orange Line of the map.
Have we been there? No.
What we like: One of the most unique-looking transit maps I’ve ever seen. It looks more like a map of the solar system, with Jupiter-sized interchange stations within the orbit of the Ring Line, smaller satellites (outlying stations) trailing along in their wake. Despite the unusual form, and the renowned complexity of the Moscow system, this still has a nice sense of clarity, simplicity and order to it - this map is still very usable.
What we don’t like: Some absolutely terrible registration on the printing (which appears to be all spot colours - nine different colours in total!). Some fairly crude-looking linework, which may be poor draftsmanship or the result of the printing.
Our rating: Totally unique, but still a very usable map. Four stars.
This is my vision of what Calgary’s CTrain (LRT) system could look like over the next 35 - 50 years.
For those of you who are unaware, Calgary is a fast-growing city of 1.2 million in Western Canada with a booming economy. Despite suffering from severe suburban sprawl, it’s Light Rail Transit system, called the CTrain, boasts the highest ridership out of any LRT in the world with nearly 300,000 riders boarding daily.
If this imagined system existed right now, here is how it would stack up:
207.3 Kilometers (128.8 Miles) of track, or about as many miles as the entire Paris Métro
121 Stations, almost as many as the city of Osaka.
The largest Light Rail Transit system in the world
If you have any any questions or feedback about this map, please feel to send something into my askbox.