(Found via NYMag’s Approval Matrix, which is one of my favorite things ever.)
Almost none of my friends use the bus, except to cross uptown Manhattan. I use them whenever I can, especially during off-peak hours, when I find them faster than the subways (and more scenic, and more flexible if I’m going somewhere odd in Brooklyn).
“When it comes to improving mass transit, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit on the humble city bus. The vital connective tissue of multi-modal transit systems, the bus could be an efficient — nay, elegant — solution to cities’ mobility woes if only we made it so.”
“The bus suffers from an image problem. But not long ago, so did bicycles. Now bikes are the cool kid’s transport, and all it took was a little investment and some reputation rehab.”
Okay, so I don’t remember if I’ve posted this before. But even if I did, it’s so amazing that I’m going to do it again! Go to Brainpickings to download the huge, intricate pdf.
I love Myers Briggs. I love subways. I love charts and maps. ::shiver::
We love these typographic transit maps by Fadeout Design. Each line spells out all of the station names.
Kabak on Second Ave Sagas introduces a London Tube map that has been modified to represent geographical distance. I know the Underground map is touted as one of the greatest—and I definitely own a few Tube-decorated knick knacks—but it definitely doesn’t integrate well with any other method of travel (especially walking) because the topography is so distorted.
I think they’re a big improvement, having seen them for the Lex line and the R—much clearer if all you want is “I need this station; is this train taking me there?” which I think many visitors to the city do.
“NYC DOT Announces Search for Innovative Pedestrian Information System to Improve Walkability, Economic Vitality of City Streets”