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This is the official system map for my hometown’s transit agency, Mataró Bus. It operates an 8-line bus system with frequencies up to 15 minutes, 365 days a year.
The map itself has undergone a small revamp in 2020, due to minor route changes for lines 3 and 4. Maps of individual lines are also available, as excerpts from the global map.
Mataró is a coastal town 30 km (20 mi) from Barcelona and has some 130,000 inhabitants, covering a total area of 22 sq km (8.7 sq mi). Some suburbs expand to the north (not shown on the map), but they lack regular public transport. The agency’s official ridership figure for 2019 was 4.5 million trips.
Transit Maps says:
A fairly standard bus map here, with routes overlaid on a simplified, ghosted-back street map, which has been rotated quite a bit clockwise to match the local perception of north as being away from the coast. It’s mainly notable for two things:
First, it illustrates the problem of having a lot of concurrent routes on a geographical map, as the routes become much, much wider than the street they’re meant to be travelling along. In places, there are six out of eight possible routes travelling along the same route.
Second, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bus network where every route is some form of loop. While only lines 1 and 2 get named officially as “Circle Lines”, all the others aren’t far off. It’s almost certainly a by-product of getting buses along narrow city streets, but it sure looks odd on a map!
Our final word: Unremarkable and just about tolerable as a system overview map, but fortunately supported by clearer single maps on the agency website. 2 stars.
Source: Mataró Bus website
This article first appeared on www.transitmap.net
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