The official BART map is … fine. It’s not embarrassing, which is more than you can say for most American transit maps. But it’s not as good as it could be. This map borrows stylistic elements from the official map, but there are a few key differences. Most notably, it’s more geographically accurate — BART is a relatively simple system, so there’s no need to oversimplify. It shows major transit connections in a way that’s simpler and cleaner, while also showing connections to major destinations. And it fixes the one major flaw in the official map: It shows eBART (Pittsburg/Bay Point-Antioch) as it truly is, a separate line rather than a continuation of the SFO-Pittsburg/Bay Point line.
NOTES ON DESIGN
Along with other elements of the BART brand, this map features its official typeface: Frutiger, arguably the greatest of all transportation-related fonts. (Fun fact: BART’s original official typeface, Univers, was also designed by Adrian Frutiger.)
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