Despite heavy criticism when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) asked users to donate their time and work to update a new transit map of the area with the launch of its New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition, plenty of maps were submitted. Launched back in May, twenty maps were submitted and from that, six finalists were selected by a panel made up of T employees, urban planners, and mapping experts. The MBTA noted, “The response was overwhelming, not only because of the dozens of responses received, but the impressive quality of many of the entries.”
The MBTA is now asking visitors to vote on their favorites map and indicate which of the listed maps would be a potential to replaced the current MBTA rapid transit/key bus routes map. Visitors the to Map Competition survey page are asked to voted on each map and categorize them by how strongly they feel the map should or should not replace the current transit map.
Voting is open until September 20, 2013.
While the six final selections are pretty much as one might expect a transit map to look, it’s some of the rejected submissions (all of them can be viewed on the MBTA System Maps Competition 2013 page) that I found more interesting.
One user submitted a needlepoint map:
Another took some true artistic license with this tree map:
This person attempted to show transit travel times: