Oh Dear Lord I Got A Twitter

Why do I do this to myself.

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Munich U-Bahn / S-Bahn Isometric Map

And ye shall know how terrible my German is.

And ye shall know how terrible my German is.

Thought process with this one: wow, the Munich Schnellbahn map has a lot of right angles. It’d look great as an isometric map! And here we are.

I wanna do another one based off this map, but with the second S-Bahn tunnel & the U9/U10/U11/U12.

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South Florida Rapid Transit Vision

*muffled EDM playing in the distance*

*muffled EDM playing in the distance*

I’m working on a huge thing that’s giving me a headache so I drew this to unwind and it sorta spiraled out of control from there.

A serious long-term project of mine is a national passenger rail map of North America. No, not the pathetic excuse of a network we have now, the one we ought to have, incorporating freight-only lines, old named trains, lines that have long since become parks & bike paths, high speed corridors proposed in the late oughts, and so forth. This map partially exists to document a hypothetical way of sorting suburban/regional/intercity services, similar to how it works in France and Germany, except the network is divided by metro area instead of by state. Once things advance far enough those gray “RE” trains will be numbered.

I decided to draw South Florida because I wanted to do a Miami map for a while (the Metrorail map is based off this [then] planned extensions map from so long ago). Then while I was drawing it I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be nice if the two major cruise ship terminals got the same treatment transport-wise as, say, major international airports? With rail links and people movers and so forth? And then I noticed, wow, the West Palm Beach bullet train station is really close to an airport of not insignificant size. And that’s how Fort Lauderdale and WPB got people movers in this universe. I don’t know if either of them would be a worthwhile investment in the real world (hint: probably not—I have no idea how much traffic those corridors get, I just wanted something that’d give a one-seat ride from Big Place A to Big Place B) but since South Florida will be underwater in a couple decades I suspect the question is moot.

Also Dmitry Goloub’s Cittadino Symbols transit map icon wingding font is the greatest thing since sliced cheese.

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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.
  • Through line services (Based off a long slog through this timetable.)
    • Utsunomiya Line (17) from Kuroiso to Atami
    • Tokaido Line (1) from Numazu to Utsunomiya & Takasaki
    • Takasaki Line (18) from Atami to Maebashi
    • Ito Line (34) from Ito to Utsunomiya & Takasaki
    • Joban Line (21/22) to Shinagawa
  • 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 & 8L)
  • 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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