Over the last few posts we have looked at how branding a transit network can create clarity for passengers. Perhaps the greatest part of creating this clarity is providing a clear and concise transit map. Our earlier critique (admittedly somewhat unfair) of Calgary Transit’s map was that it was complex and confusing. The unfairness was because we weren’t exactly making an equal comparison. What we should have done, as suggested by some comments, was to compare the C-Train map (not the entire system map) to other similar maps, such as the Madrid Metro.
Admittedly, the C-Train map is much more concise than we gave credit for. As well, Calgary Transit has recently launched a revised C-Train map, which provides some more useful information than before (in our opinion at least). Right now the map is still in draft form, and Calgary Transit is asking for feedback. You can fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTrainMap
The map, while quite clear, lacks in one regard- there aren’t that many lines on it. To be fair, that is because Calgary only has two LRT lines currently (and an extension of one line planned), so there isn’t much to put on the map.
But what if there was more to the LRT network in Calgary? What if new lines were built to serve other areas of the city? What if a series of rapid bus lines complemented these LRT lines, providing access to hospitals, universities, business parks and other important areas of our city? In short, what does the future hold for our primary transit network?
We have given this some thought (and you can see some earlier versions of our ideas here: http://www.civiccamp.org/2011/09/the-calgary-transitcamp-vision-the-plan/), and what better way to share these thoughts with you than with a map:
We will leave you with just the map for now, so you may ponder the network we have imagined. In future blog posts we will look at how such a network can be implemented and enhanced to meet the future needs of our city.
As always, comments are most welcome. Let us know what you think of our proposed network, what you like, or don’t like, what has been missed or what you think can be modified.