Hyperlinear BART Map
In response to all the straight-liners out there, reductio ad absurdum:
Hey, you’re underground, so you don’t need to see the bay, right?
For the record, I like most of what BART did on their new map, just not the part in SF. I’m all for straightening out wiggles, but the curves of the Mission are important.
The literal version:
vs the same area optimized:
This is obviously better, but note that many ‘curves of significance’ are preserved — St. Paul’s, Regents Park, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus…
There are tradeoffs however, as highlighted in this surprising map made by RodCorp — the dotted lines connect stations that are less than a third of a mile apart (where it would be quicker to walk than ride):
One last argument — Baker St to Waterloo is about the same distance as Powell to 24th. Two maps, same scale:
And here is how each transit map depict(ed) the curves along these routes of roughly the same distance:
UPDATE: More relative map comparisons in this exciting post.