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These are two maps I made for a class where I’m proposing a trans-national maglev through what I’m calling the “Greater Northeast Corridor.” Totally unrealistic, I know, but I’d love to get your opinion on the map!
Transit Maps says:
Oh, I do like this, Adam! When you have proposed travel times of just 18 minutes between Philadelphia and New York (as just one example), the rapid transit diagram design metaphor works pretty much perfectly, and you’ve executed things very nicely indeed. The tilted rectangle looks great, though I probably would have moved Montreal to be the last station along the top edge, rather than the first station heading downwards along the left side – it just marries up a bit better with the geographical map (which is also nicely executed) and the idea than Canada is “above” the United States.
The inclusion of connecting local services in each city is a nice touch, although it seems odd to include Canada’s Via Rail and not Amtrak as well. Surely the maglev system hasn’t supplanted it completely? New Haven should also have a CTRail logo, right? Also, the legend for the map has a dashed line for future planned routes, but that style of line doesn’t appear on the map at all: a minor nitpick.
Our final word: As Adam says, it’s highly implausible that something like this would ever get built, but at least we can dream with this great map!
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