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Submission – Unofficial Map: Greater Tokyo Railway Network, 2020 by Bernie Ng
Submitted by Alexis Hunt, who says:
This transit map (in brochure form) covers the bus network in the area stretching from Canmore to Lake Louise in Alberta, about 80 km from end to end. There’s a lot of information to unpack in here, but here’s a few things we found particularly interesting or worth noting:
Transit Maps says:
First off, my apologies to Alexis — this map has been sitting in my queue for ages, and I really should have gotten to it earlier.
Yes, this map has some problems with variable scale and the draftsmanship is a little dodgy in places (there’s some very unconvincing curves around corners), but I’m going to give it full marks for getting this kind of information out there. As National Parks around the world get more and more popular, we need to find ways to cut down on the use of single-occupancy vehicles within the parks themselves. A brochure/map like this that makes public transportation in and around the park look easy and accessible is only to be commended.
Like Alexis, I particularly like the comprehensive table at the bottom left that clearly outlines all the fare and service details for all the routes — this is great information for potential riders to have. If anything, I’d like to see more emphasis given to the cost-effectiveness of buying multi-day passes for the Roam network ($12 for three days is a pretty good deal!), so that people can make educated decisions about their transportation choices.
The differing scales in the map could perhaps be dealt with by drawing break lines across the Trans-Canada Highway between the major areas, just to make it clear that the distances between them are larger than shown. The inclusion of distances as labels does mitigate the need for this a bit, though.
The inset of Banff almost feels unnecessary — it adds very little detail to the depiction of the town on the main map, and almost seems to have been included just to fill up an otherwise empty space.
The “pecked” lines (to use the official term, Alexis) really do just seem to be used to say that not every bus follows this route — it’s more obvious for the brown On-It route to Calgary, as not every bus stops at Canmore, so we have to assume it retains the same meaning for the Moraine Lake service.
I would have refrained from placing the TCH “Route 1” maple leaf directly over intersections — it makes it hard to follow routes through the intersection, especially coming out of Banff itself.
Our final word: A very serviceable map that does a good job of outlining transit options in and around Banff. A little more polish would really make it sing. Three stars.
Source: Parks Canada website
This article first appeared on www.transitmap.net
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