My word was that frustrating.
I realized that how I depicted the Tobu Railway’s service patterns were kinda…odd and nonrepresentative and needed a little, er, elaboration. So this is one of a few preliminary works rolling round in my head so when JR East timetable revision comes out in March and I redraw the Tokyo map, it won’t be as much of a hot mess as the first one.
The passenger would see something like this (in Japanese, of course) on a column at Asakusa Station, probably.
(That said, I can’t make heads or tails of the service patterns at Ota Station. Does the Isesaki Line have no non-limited-express through trains up there?)
Quickly, please, Johnson!
This is me experimenting with fonts, in preparation for, er, renovating the Tokyo map. Before I do anything else I just want to make sure the font plays well with the design choices I’m using, so I’m testing it out on the airport map first before I dive in. This font here is called Play, and I was going for that sort of squared-off look I see in a lot of English rail signage in Japan. I’m not sure how well it works.
If I can’t find anything I like I may default to Source Sans Pro but I use that font a fair amount already so I kinda don’t want to. (I currently don’t have Frutiger, Univers, Myriad, Segoe UI, or FF Meta on my computer for some inexplicable reason.)
On the upside I nailed down what I want the new line bullets to look like.
(Also this is neither here nor there but ambling around Google Maps I found a single track connecting JR East and Tobu Railway tracks just north of (but, apparently, bypassing) Kurihashi Station. So that’s where that seasonal branch to Nikko comes from.)
For when the Ueno-Tokyo Line opens in March:
- New font—sans serif, easier to read, with bold
- Dedicated interchange markers
- Remove Narita Express (NX), place in its own box
- Maybe include Koumi Line (49) to Nobeyama Station and Shinonoi Line (50, or possibly 10 extension) to Matsumoto Station.
- Indicate through service between Ito Line (34) and Izu Kyuko Line (IQ)
- Separate Tobu Kinugawa Line (TW/YA/AZ) from Tobu Nikko Line (TN); more accurately delineate TN/TW trunk line services.
- Hypothetical through line services (March can’t get here soon enough.)
- Takasaki & Utsunomiya Line (17/18) from Yokohama to Odawara
- Tokaido Main Line (1) from Omiya to Takasaki & Utsunomiya
- Ito Line (34) to Omiya (as before)
- Joban Line (21/22) to Yokohama (as before) (my understanding is services will terminate at Shinagawa when service commences; I’m just deliberately making it hard for myself)
- Clean up some more
Include the following extensions
- Toei Asakusa Line (A) bypass through Tokyo Station
- Toei Oedo Line (E) to Niiza
- Sotetsu Railway (SO) to Hiratsuka, through services to Toyoko (TY) and Meguro Lines (MG)
- Tokyo Monorail (35) extension to Tokyo Station
- Saitama Railway (SR) extension to Hasuda
- Odakyu Tama Line (OT) to Sagamihara
- Tama Monorail (TT) to Hakonegasaki
- Utsunomiya Light Rail (UL)
- Haneda Access line from Shinjuku Station (J), Tokyo Station (38), and Shin-Kiba Station (D)
- Kamakama Line (KQ)
- Keiyo Line (29/30) extension to Takao
- Saitama-Gunma LRT (GS)
- Shibayama Line (SR) to Shibayama Chuo
- Yurikamome (U) to Kachidoki
- Tsukuba Express (TX) to Tokyo Station
- Yokohama Subway Green Line (R) from Hiyoshi to Tsurumi, and from Nakayama to Motomachi-Chukagai (and associated through service to MM/TY/F)
- Yokohama Subway Blue Line (B) to Shin-Yurigaoka
…and the following dead/stale proposals that may or may not or will not get built, because otherwise (a) it will gnaw at me, and (b) I will have approximately zero confidence that it would be the last transit map Tokyo will have to build from scratch:
- Kawasaki Municipal Subway (K)
- Saitama-Omiya LRT (EW)
- Yurakucho Line (Y) extension to Bando City
- Tama Monorail (TT) extension to Machida and Hachioji
- Chiba Monorail (C1) extension to Shiritsu Aoba Byoin-Mae
- Chuo-Sobu Line (12) extension to Tachikawa
- Extend Nambu Line (7) from Kawasaki to Hama-Kawasaki, replacing Nambu Branch Line (7a)
- Keihin Bypass Line (39)
- Keikyu Line (KK) extension to Aburatsubo
- Keio Sagamihara Line (KO) extension to Tsukui Lake
- Keisei Chihara Line (KC) extension to Amaariki
- Makuhari New Transit (MT)
- Seibu Ahina Line (SN)
- Through running bet. Tozai Line (T) & Seibu Shinjuku Line (SS)
- Shibayama Line (SR) extension to Hasunuma
- Extend Rinkai Line (D/W) to Tsudanuma
- Ikebukuro-Takenotsuka Line (IT)
- Shinjuku Line (S) extension to Shin-Kamagaya
- Hanzomon Line (Z) extension to Yotsugi & Matsudo
- Metro Seven and Eight Liner (M7 & M8)
- Toyo Rapid (TR) extension to Yotsukaido
quashlo has a map of all these extensions dating from around 2010. It’s nice.
The title’s just for continuity. I think this one’s a lot better.
Design language deliberately based off—and is a companion to—the Baltimore Metro map.
That took too long to finish. But it is done. I may, as always, play around with it a little more later. Right now, I’m just glad it’s out of my head.
My MacBook is in the Apple Store for a few days and is currently in the process of being disemboweled (keyboard’s broke). This, naturally, gives me time to think about where my priorities are this time.
- Finish Chicago L map (describe skip-stop services & commuter rail lines)
- Companion maps for Baltimore Metro: Washington Metro & DC-MD-VA commuter rail, both in the same style
- Redraw Philadelphia subway map based on 1913 expansion plans. (Routes are already drawn on Google Earth)
- Finish isometric PATH map (needs legend and connections)
- Vancouver SkyTrain and commuter rail map. Try a combination of styles used for Seoul and Baltimore maps.
- Adjust Tokyo map. Switch out font for something more readable & delineate interchange stations better.
- Alon Levy’s Tel Aviv rail map.
- Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2030 map, in the style of the Seoul map.
What’s really great about getting a Behance account is I’m pushing myself toward developing a style that is (a) good and (b) recognizably my own and not a blatant ripoff of someone else’s.
This is a map of the Philadelphia subway I did as part of a bigger thing a year or so ago that will never be published b/c everything self-destructed all at once. This happens from time to time.
Anyway, I found this expansion plan dating from 1913 and I may give this map another shot soon.