Submission - Washington DC Metro Cross Stitch

Submitted by ghostof-electricity, who says:

DC metro map cross stitch I made this summer. I moved away two weeks before the silver line opened so I chose to create the metro map pre-silver line, the way I remember it  :)


Transit Maps says:

Rectilinear transit diagrams lend themselves well to cross stitch, but this is one of the neater ones I’ve seen. Nice work!

The future of public transport? Map reveals how the entire WORLD could be connected using a global underground network

  • Chris Gray from West Yorkshire created his vision for a global Underground network when visiting Australia and wanting to ‘nip home’
  • His dream is thought to be currently ‘impossible’ because tunnels would have to be so deep beneath the waves and cross tectonic plates
  • One expert thinks pneumatic tube systems like the proposed ‘hyperloop’ and floating tunnels could connect the world in the future
  • The maps are inspired by Harry Beck’s map of the London Underground

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Historical Map: Moscow Metro, 1980

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.

(Source: Lebedev Studio’s historical archives of Moscow Metro maps)

Click here for another abstract Moscow Metro map


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.