To Do List: Cherry Blossom Edition

It’s very pretty out. It’s also very cold.

  • Finish Chicago L map (describe skip-stop services & commuter rail lines) [Almost finished!]
  • Companion maps for Baltimore Metro: Washington Metro & DC-MD-VA commuter rail, both in the same style [DC Metro map is done! TheGreaterMarin guy is doing a map of Baltimore-Washington commuter rail services ca. 1921 so now I won’t have to! Give money to his Kickstarter! I’ll wait for a while to start the commuter rail map so it doesn’t seem like I’m ripping him off; I fear they will look very similar.]
  • Redraw Philadelphia subway map based on 1913 expansion plans. (Routes are already drawn on Google Earth) [Not started yet. Had a false start the first time.]
  • Finish isometric PATH map (needs legend and connections) [Done!]
  • Vancouver SkyTrain and commuter rail map. Try a combination of styles used for Seoul and Baltimore maps. [Backburnered after a few false starts.]
  • Adjust Tokyo map. Switch out font for something more readable & delineate interchange stations better. [Gonna be a full redesign. Too many curves and jags in the old one. Still undecided on a font.]
  • Alon Levy’s Tel Aviv rail map. [I forgot I wanted to do this. Whoops.]
  • Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2030 map, in the style of the Seoul map. [Done!]
  • Fantasy London/SE England railway map, including Crossrail 2, long-dead victims of the Beeching Axe, Metropolitan Line to Brill, &c. [Waiting for map redesign at the end of May, when the Overground swallows up a few more routes. I know which font I’m going to use now!]
  • Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto rail map. [Current project, 2/3 finished. Posted a few WIP pictures over on Twitter. It’s coming along nicely. The design language I’m using for the Osaka map is a test run for the one I’ll use on the Tokyo map, to see what works & what doesn’t.]
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There Was A Timetable Revision Today

A new thing opened in Tokyo. I want to redesign my Tokyo map, because the one I did before looks more and more hideous with each passing day.

(Some background: in the last map, I assigned each JR East line the numbers they had on the railway’s Tokyo area map. For instance, the Tokaido Line is Line 1, the Yokosuka Line is Line 2, the Shonan-Shinjuku Line is Line 3, and so forth.)

Here’s how I think the new timetable revision will change things up in the new map:

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HK/SZ MTR: Cyberpunk Dystopia Edition

Myriad is best font.

Myriad is best font.

A map of pols’ dreams for the HK/SZ Metro fifteen years from now. I wanted to finish this about a month ago, but trouble with the legend and the specific configuration I wanted for the light rail delayed it for a while.

There are like ten thousand different long-term plan maps online and on the English and Chinese Wikipedias and they all contradict each other, so this was more of a pain than I had initially anticipated. (You can, for instance, tell the Line 6 extension from SZ North to Science Museum was an afterthought.)

On the upside, this is a great jumping-off point for extending the map into Dongguan, Guangzhou, Foshan, Macau, Zhuhai…

This might be the last new map from me for a while (I’m going to Chicago for a week and then I’ll be spending a lot of time deep in Pennsyltucky). Which is a shame, because while I’m gone the Ueno-Tokyo Line will finally open and the London Overground will absorb a few more suburban lines…

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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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