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. It’s more geographically accurate — BART is a relatively simple system, so there’s no need to oversimplify. It shows frequencies and connections to major destinations, while showing rail connections in a way that’s cleaner and simpler. It shows all of BART’s service patterns, not just weekdays and Sundays. It labels lines by color rather than destination, consistent with announcements on BART’s new railcars. Finally, 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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