What should Washington Metro's next subway map look like? Greater Greater Washington is running a map contest where you can compare a number of designs, and choose your favorite. Can you improve on the existing one, pictured here?
Even if you're nowhere near Washington, perusing these maps will help you articulate your own views. For example:
- Should a subway map be largely to scale, so that you can see the distances invovled, or distorted so that complex areas are easy to see?
- How much detail about the surrounding geography should be shown?
- Should it show non-subway services that also provide important links between stations? In Washington, for example, all the subway lines go downtown, so many other services (bus, future light rail) are useful for connecting between outer parts of different lines. Should the whole web of those possibilities be shown?
Go vote! GGW has done a great job cultivating public interest in transit details, and steering the public debate toward clearer thought about these practicalities. Help them out!