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Ever wondered what urban-transit systems look like in its geographical scale? Neil Freeman’s website contains an excellent page that depicts the lines of various transit systems in the world in the same geographic scale.

Now how does the geographical depiction compare with its cartographic depiction? The following are the comparisons of selected transit systems in geographical scale alongside its respective current transit map design. (I will be periodically updating this post to include more systems.)

Note: Due to size restrictions on this blog (and in viewing web pages in general), the geographical scale for each transit system depicted below is different from one another. For example, the size of the Paris Métro is in reality a lot smaller than the London Underground, whereas the depiction below displays the opposite.

^ New York City Subway
Technically the lines extending west of Midtown and Lower Manhattan belong to New Jersey’s Path system, and are not apart of the MTA NYC Subway system. So you would have to buy two separate tickets to ride in both systems. Also there are other variations of the current transit design that does depict the Staten Island Railway line that is missing above. (Also missing are the AirTrain lines from JFK to the E and A trains in the above transit map that more current versions depict.)

This current map design is geographical in nature that stresses function over form, as opposed to geometrical like Massimo Vignelli’s iconic 1972 design and his 2008 update. In particular, this map design is the most geographical out of most other current transit maps in the world. (Other geographical designs include the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART system.)

^ London Underground

^ Paris Métro

^ Tokyo Metro

^ Berlin U-Bahn

^ Moscow Metro

^ Madrid Metro:

^ Stuttgart VVS

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