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A map of Los Angeles’ current rail network. Image credit: Kriston Lewis Los Angeles is being hailed for its steady revival of the thriving rail system it once had, but the current plan to create a convenient network that connects the whole county is still 30 years away.  The Los Angeles rail system has seen rapid growth in usage with the most recent addition, the Expo Line, which was completed earlier this year.... Read the rest
Over, Under, and Around San Francisco (1976) BART. The world’s most sophisticated rapid transit? Bay Area map maker and enthusiast Eric Fischer recently uploaded this 1976 BART brochure touting how its 2,000 employees care about its passengers. The brochure text is reads: “BART invites you to join us on the  world’s most sophisticated rapid transit. BART is a space age transit system with over 2,000 people who care about you and it’s the most convenient way to get over, around, and under the Bay Area in minutes.” The brochure goes on to describe how to access BART and the cost of parking at BART stations (which was free with the exception of the Lake Merritt Station, which would set you back 25 cents per day).... Read the rest
(A still of commute patterns in the East Bay. Screen grab via: Activemaps) Data is an empowering and effective tool for better understanding our everyday lives, and when that information can be easily digested through visuals we are all the more grateful. With this in mind, a thank you is due to UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student Fletcher Foti, who recently  compiled commute patterns in greater New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and created an interactive visualization called “Active Maps.” Active Maps shows a day of travel from recent travel surveys and can be sorted by income and zoomed to specific areas.... Read the rest
Transit connection map from 1981, still in use after more than 30 years. Screen grab via: TransitMaps The Transit Maps tumblr  recently highlighted the above photo taken by transit rider Alex Jonlin of 1981 transit map he spotted in the Fremont BART Station. Jonlin, comments on the map: I saw this at the Fremont BART Station a couple weeks ago. It’s labeled (in tiny print at the top) “September 1981.” I have no idea how it ended up staying for so long, but it’s interesting to see how the transit system has changed since then.... Read the rest
A glimpse of xkcd’s map of all subways in North America– click the above image to see the full map. Image credit: xkcd Here’s one for the rail and public transit enthusiasts– xkcd recently shared a cool map displaying all subways in North America, connected. For the die-hard rail enthusiasts, xkcd does offer this disclaimer: The definition of a subway used here is, with some caveats, “a network containing high capacity grade-separated passenger rail transit lines which run frequently, serve an urban core, and are underground or elevated for at least part of their downtown route.” For the rest of you, the definition is “an underground train in a city.” It’s a fascinating map nonetheless, regardless of your definition of “subway,” check it out!... Read the rest
Bay Area rail lines– more extensive than you thought, huh? Screen grab via: California Rail Map It’s not hard to access a map of California’s highway system– from google maps to regional maps, highways are visible and this comes as no surprise. What is surprising however, is that it is only now has someone compiled a map of California’s extensive (and growing) rail system. The team at California Rail Map has put together a map of California featuring:  Amtrak, BART, Muni, VTA, Caltrain, Altamont Commuter Express, Sacramento Regional Transit, NCTD, San Diego Trolley, LA Metro, and Metrolink (in addition to key bus and ferry connections between rail services).... Read the rest
San Francisco is full of hustle and bustle. Have you ever wondered what that looks like through the eyes of public transit? Youtube user SLT Transit put together a time-lapse video of transit activity over a typical day in San Francisco that demonstrates through its mesmerizing patterns how vital public transit is to city’s transportation system. Check out the video below: Recognize your bus route? Video credit: SLT Transit... Read the rest
BART System Map For decades cities around the world have been implementing subway systems to accommodate speedy, convenient travel across metropolitan areas. Some systems are world famous like London’s Tube network, and New York’s subway system. But did you know, if scaled to the same size, the Bay Area’s very own BART system is larger than both of these systems? Fake is the New Real recently compiled subway system maps from around the world, scaled to the same size and BART is larger than both.... Read the rest
People who tweet about BART tend to be on BART Where are you when you are tweeting about BART? Chances are you’re on BART! Eric Fischer, Bay Area based Flickr user extraordinaire,  mapped out the location of a month’s worth of tweets about BART, as seen below… Image credit: Eric Fischer It’s almost like looking at a map of the BART system, isn’t it? See the full-size image, and other cool images from the Bay Area over on Fischer’s Flickr page... Read the rest
So you’ve mapped out a bike route for your work commute, but what about making one for bicycling across the country? If you’ve ever considered taking a bicycling road trip to travel state to state you needn’t worry–  GOOD and Gregory Hubacek, in partnership with CLIF Bar have already got you covered! That’s right, they’ve mapped out a national network of bicycle routes (pictured left) and as The Gaurdian reports, the map includes urban and rural routes in addition to additional details like the total number of bike lanes in major cities.... Read the rest