Can we design the ultimate bus map?

This project aims to provide bus map design guidelines and a standard map design template by examining the strengths and weaknesses of bus map design approaches. By identifying successful map design techniques, this project will lay the groundwork for Nelson\Nygaard and Perkins & Will to produce consistently high quality maps, and will enhance the firms’ arsenal of tools and expertise with which to advise transit operators. In helping streamline the rider experience through excellent map design, our firms can support the improvement of bus networks and the cities they serve.

Why are bus maps important?

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Transit is good for cities and people
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Buses are the core of North American transit
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The bus rider experience demands improvement

Project process

Identify what elements of maps are important to study

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Incorporate findings to create a map design guide

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Create map design template informed by research