Tobu Mainline Strip Map

My word was that frustrating.

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?)

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Tokyo Airport Rail Map, Mk. II

Quickly, please, Johnson!

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.)

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To-Do List: Tokyo Rail Map Update

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.

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An Interesting Failure, Mk. II

Much better.

Much better.

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.

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PATH Isometric

Finally.

Finally.

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.

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To Do List: Malfunctioning Computer Edition

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.

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Easter Egg

Oops.

Oops.

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.

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