Bay Area Rapid Transit

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 is based on the current map, but corrects several flaws. It streamlines the Bay shore to reflect the diagrammatic representation of lines, and positions stations relative to their actual locations. It preserves the “Mission curve,” a defining feature within San Francisco. It provides additional information including frequencies. It rebrands lines by color rather than destination, a step that BART has flirted with but not yet embraced. Finally, it corrects the greatest shortcoming of the current 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. (Note: For the duration of Transbay Tube reconstruction, BART service will be reconfigured and reduced. The configuration shown here is BART’s “regular” service pattern, in place for a decade before construction — although the map also shows Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose stations, which won’t open until late 2019 or 2020, as well as the planned arrangement of service south of Fremont once they open. Consider this, then, a 2023 map.)

DESIGN NOTES

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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