Anonymous Asked
QuestionDo you know of transit maps for systems that include ferries that are particularly effective (or ineffective)? Answer

Check it out for yourself, and see what you think of these:

QuestionI am an undergraduate student in Connecticut who has dreamed of pursuing a career in the transportation industry since I was in elementary school. I am most interested in developing intelligent transport system software and I passionate about maps in general because they help us software developers understand the trends of urbanization, routes, and much more to aid our development. I was wondering how did you develop such a knowledge on transit maps? What is your education background? Answer

My education is purely graphic design-based, having completed an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts (Graphic Design) some twenty-odd years ago in Sydney, Australia.

As a designer, I’ve always had an interest in wayfinding and transit maps as a subset of graphic design, but my real love of it developed out of a trip to London in 1997, where I was first exposed to the Tube and its famous Diagram. I bought two books from the London Transport Museum – “Mr. Beck’s Diagram”, and the superb “Designed for London” (all about the remarkably forward-thinking and unified graphic design and branding he Underground has enjoyed over its 150 year history) – and haven’t looked back since.

My interest in transit maps has grown over the years, and I’ve applied my own thinking and design experience to creating my own maps, many of which can be found on my personal design blog. The Transit Maps blog actually began as a personal design exercise: analysing transit maps  from around the world so I could make better maps – finding out what worked and what didn’t, as well as placing maps into a proper historical perspective. It’s grown into something much bigger since then, but that what was started it.

Working as a senior graphic designer for a large multi-national engineering and design firm certainly helps my perspective as well. I’m working with the people who help create the transit systems that the maps represent: seeing the huge amount of planning, work and effort that goes into even something as apparently simple as a short extension of a light rail system is certainly eye-opening. 

QuestionYour San Antonio map is mislabeled and your choice of US 181 over roads like US 281, I-35, US 90 is odd.. Is it just a proof of concept?? The road that travels from NE to SW is I-35, not I-37. i-37 travels southeast from downtown. Answer

I presume you’re talking about this photo of my Highways of the USA project? The labels are fine: you’re just misinterpreting them.

I-37 and US 181 are labelled because they end in San Antonio. All the other roads you mention pass through on their way somewhere else — they only get a label at their beginning and end, not anywhere inbetween. US 90 is the dark green route, I-10 is yellow, I-35 is purple. I-37 is the dark grey line (note that it matches the colour of its label) that heads southeast, as you’d expect it to.

Anonymous Asked
QuestionWhat software do you use to make your maps? Answer

Check out the FAQ for the answer to this and more.

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!

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I’m currently fresh out of ideas. So let me know if there’s any tip, trick or technique you’d like to see me cover. Reply to this post, leave a comment or send me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

In the meantime, check out past tutorials here.

So this happened overnight… 10,000 followers!

Wow! Thanks once again to each and every person that helps to make Transit Maps what it is.

As usual, it’s time for the thrice-annual review of the top ten most-viewed posts (as recorded by Google Analytics) for the last four months, as well as an all-time list from Transit Maps’ inception back in October 2011.

First, here’s the list for posts viewed between September 1st — December 31st, 2013:

10. Official Map: Milan Metro and Suburban Rail Service (link)
9. Official Map: JFK Airport AirTrain Map, New York (link)
8. Official Map: Métro de Montréal (link)
7. Official Map: Boston MBTA Rapid Transit/Key Bus Routes Map (link)
6. Unofficial Map: Singapore MRT by Andrew Smithers (link)
5. Official Map: Key Bus Routes in Central London (link)
4. Official Map: Copenhagen S-Tog Map (link)
3. Unofficial Map: Transportation of Walt Disney World Resort, Florida (link)
2. Official Map: Rail and Tram Network, Budapest, Hungary (link)
1. Unofficial Future Map: Singapore MRT/LRT by Bernie Ng (link)

And now the all-time list, dating back to the site’s inception in October 2011. Change in position from August’s all-time list is shown in [square brackets].

10. Historical Map: West Berlin U-Bahn Map, 1977 (link) [9]
9. Unofficial Map: “Guerrilla” Moscow Metro Map (link) [7]
8. My Unofficial Boston MBTA Map Green Line Preview (link) [6]
7. Official Map: Key Bus Routes in Central London (link) [8]
6. Historical Maps: Man-Made Philadelphia, 1972 (link) [5]
5. Official Map: Copenhagen S-Tog Map (link) [4]
4. Official Map: Boston MBTA Rapid Transit/Key Bus Routes Map (link) [3]
3. Official Map: Rail and Tram Network, Budapest, Hungary (link) [2]
2. Unofficial Map: Transportation of Walt Disney World Resort, Florida (link) [1]

And a brand new number one – with a bullet! – courtesy of some massive interest in its homeland:

1. Unofficial Future Map: Singapore MRT/LRT by Bernie Ng (link) [NEW]

Here’s the corresponding list from this time last year.

Also, a special mention for the post with the most notes – Tumblr reblogs and likes – for the year: this beautiful 1920s matchbox cover from Hiroshima, Japan. It’s garnered over 2,700 notes since I posted it in October – amazing!

Anonymous Asked
QuestionHow do I submit an image which does not have a URL - it's on my hard drive? Answer


Yeah, it’s not immediately obvious what you need to do to submit an image. The trick is to use the dropdown menu at the top left of the Submit panel to change between the three accepted types of submission — text, photo and link. Then you’ll get an area where you can add an image, as seen in the image here.

So what are you all waiting for? Submit something!

Saturday’s post about working with 45-degree curves in Illustrator seems to have been very well received! I’ve got some ideas for a couple more up my sleeve, but is this something you’d like to see more of on the site? If so, are there any specific tips or techniques that you’d like to be covered? If this proves to be a welcome addition, I might consider doing this regularly: a “Tutorial Tuesday” or something like that.

Let me know: you can post answer to this post, comment using Disqus, or just use the Ask page.