Subway & metro map experiment

Inspired by the London Underground map, this experimental Toronto Subway map fixes several of the shortcomings that plague the map used for Toronto's subway. Recent changes (as of 2009) to that map have actually make the map even more unreadable, as well the map is cluttered with street numbers which are some what unnecessary. Subway stations in Toronto are mostly based on the street the subway line is crossing underneath, which easily positions passengers to their destination. London's Underground map was designed to simplify a complicated network with a systematic non-geographic design. Toronto's system lacks the complexity of London's, however a complicated map is still unnecessary and unhelpful for riders.

Further experimentation is needed, including adding Toronto's light rail or street-trolley system which would add an additional layer of complexity and require several types of stops (inside station tranfers, outside transfers and the large quantity of local stops which are greater than the subway stops). Integration of the GO rail system and other station services could also be included.

Logically I doubt this map would be utilised by the TTC to improve their visual communication, especially given that this style is 'owned' by Transport for London, at least from a brand position. As good as the new Beck tube map is, it has its' shortcomings. One of the best experiments to improve that map was designed by Mark Noad. There's even a companion app which I use as my many tube map utility, however it has a few short-comings.

Below is an initial version of the Montreal Metro map in this new updated style. This version maintains Montreal islands' 45% angle, which is orientated north, and leaves in many of the geographic kinks present on the current map. Curiously the PDF version provided by STM recognises some of the issues I find frustrating about their current map (the black background, uppercase and small capped station names), yet their most recent map has added additional information in a less-logical way. A more brand appropriate version for the STM should be typeset in Univers.