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If the previous RideKC map is an example of a system diagram that doesn’t quite reach its full potential, then this is an example of one that surely does.
Really, every system map should strive to be this excellent: a simplified bespoke base map allows just the right amount of geographical information to be shown. The intelligent rotation of the map slightly counter-clockwise to match the local perception of “north”. The use of colour to enhance meaning and comprehension of the different services, including those from other transportation agencies at the bottom of the information hierarchy. Clear and stylish labelling. Great mode differentiation – there’s absolutely no doubt which lines represent the more frequently running light rail, even without consulting the comprehensive legend.
I could go on, but you get the idea – this is great transit map design. It definitely puts SacRT’s bland and generic light rail diagram (below) to shame, that’s for sure – one wonders why the latter hasn’t been updated to at least attempt to match the style of the system map?
For the record: the system map was designed by those fine folk at CHK America, and bears many of their design hallmarks.
Source: SacRT website
This article first appeared on transitmap.net
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