What do you thing of Sound Transit's station icons? I find them ineffective and embarrassing. And, they what opinions for new icons for new stations! You can see the survey yourself on the surveygizmo website at /s3/1584076/Pictogram-Questionnaire.
I talked about Sound Transit’s station icons in this review of the Link map that’s found in ST’s timetable book back in December 2012. Like you, I’m not particularly impressed by them. I think they’re overly detailed and they reproduce terribly at small sizes. They’re even kind of hard to make out on the strip maps on trains — becoming vague, blobby shapes — which is really not a good thing for an icon.
It’s kind of funny that in the questionnaire you reference above, Sound Transit uses Lance Wyman’s gorgeous Mexico City Metro icons as a point of reference, because they’re the absolute opposite of the Seattle icons — bold and simple, with each one being immediately visually distinctive from another.
The signage [for any light-rail system in Washington state] must also use distinguishing symbols or pictograms developed by the authority as a means to identify stations and may identify points of interest along the corridor for persons who use languages that are not Roman-alphabet based.
Seeing as Seattle is stuck with icons, you might as well try and get the best ones you can. If you like in Seattle and have an opinion, then you should take the survey — here’s a proper link to it.
Welcome to Transit Maps: I hope you enjoy the site! If you’re looking for something specific, the best way to find things is by searching Tumblr tags.
Copy and paste the URL syntax above and add what you’re after to the end of it. If it’s a multi-word search term, use hyphens between the words (e.g., “New York” would become “new-york”). I tag city names, states, countries, mode of travel and more pretty comprehensively: this page gives some good tags to start out with. Give it a try!
I'm visiting Milan, flying in to Malpensa Airport and will be staying at the Lancaster Hotel, Via Abbondio Sangiorgio, and want to know if there's a convenient way to get there (or thereabouts) by train from the airport?
There are over 40 trains a day from the airport to Milano Cadorna station, which is just under a mile from your hotel (including a pleasant stroll through the delightful Parco Sempione if you like). Some trains are direct, others stop at intermediate stations. Make sure you’re going to Cadorna, not Centrale, which is much further away from your part of town.
Just a reminder that I’m really not your best source of information for making travel plans — there are better places on the Internet to get that sort of thing! Airports are normally pretty good at letting you know how to get to/from them.
Submission - Maps of the limited accessibility of public transport
you might find this interesting: we’ve recently released a project about the limited accessibility of public transport (subway + commuter trains) in New York, London and Hamburg. The results are maps with an interactive slider that let you explore how thinned out the transportation network get’s when you’re handicapped e.g.
The depiction of physical accessibility on transit maps of is something I’ve touched on before — see this great 2007 map of the London Underground with all the inaccessible stations removed (Nov. 2011, 5 stars) — but this is a fantastic and intuitive way to show the difference between all stations and only the accessible ones.
You should definitely click through to the full blog entry about this project and see the full interactive maps that have been created for New York, Hamburg and London. If you’ve been inspired, they also give ideas and instructions on how to create a similar map for the transit in your city.
In your opinion, which official North American transit map is in the most need of a redesign?
I think I’ve made my absolute disdain of the Salt Lake City UTA TRAX/FrontRunner map pretty clear; Denver’s rail map is also pretty bad, and will need a complete overhaul soon when all the new FasTracks projects open — light rail along I-225, commuter rail to all points north, BRT along US 36 to Boulder.