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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Metro listens to feedback about its map


When the Silver Line opens later this year, the Metro map will have to fit in a silver stripe where the Orange and Blue Lines traverse D.C. Metro has a new draft of the new map and wants to hear from riders.

The main challenge in the map’s design is how to show three lines all running together. Until the Silver Line, no track segment had three lines. When there are two lines, the map shows a small dot in between the two. But what to do with 3?

In our 2011 contest, people tried a lot of solutions, like much thinner lines (like most transit systems), striped lines, pairs or triples of dots, or just bigger dots and much more.

Metro’s first draft used little “whiskers” on each side of the circle. A few people liked them, but most hated them and pushed for “pill” or “capsule”-shaped station symbols instead, or thinner lines.

Metro now has a new version that incorporates those suggestions. It shrinks the line width by 24 percent, which still leaves fatter lines than in other transit systems, but much slimmer than the current map. In this option, the stations with three lines now use the “capsule” shapes. They also created a new version that keeps the “whiskers” but cleans up the map in other ways.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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