Another great frequent network map from the prolific Steve Boland, this time of the East Bay region of California including Oakland and Berkeley . I previously covered his San Francisco frequent network here. Steve has created a series of transit maps for other cities, which can be found at his website, San Francisco Cityscape. Have a look at a small part of the map showing Downtown Oakland, below (or follow the link to view the full map):
Steve's done a great job drawing a map to show routes running at 10-15 minute weekday frequencies, and uses color to draw a distinction between local and rapid bus service, BART, and several shuttle services that operate in the same vicinity. The map doesn't try to show the more complex background of less frequent services. The best agency maps (Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Portland) have begun doing thi as well. But maps showing only the Frequent Network are also highly useful, especially for people who want to use transit but just can't afford to wait long. That's why every Los Angeles rapid transit station has a "15-minute map", and why many other agencies (Portland, Minneapolis, Brisbane) do maps of the Frequent Network alone. Remember: Frequency is freedom! So a frequency map is a map of your freedom as a transit rider.
Street names and route numbers being important, would like to see larger type for those; seems like a visually impaired person might find that information difficult to read. I also suspect the choice of those shades of red and green might present a colour-blindness issue.
Otherwise, a very clear and informative guide to transit in the East Bay. Where subway coverage is poor, I feel a map that shows frequent buses as well as subways might be the best tradeoff in terms of displaying the most useful transit and hiding the complexity of the rest.
I don’t suppose Steve Boland has his beautiful map as a ArcMAP layer file, which would almost automate the process of producing frequent network maps…
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