D.C.’s Metrorail system is growing. And so is its map.
The Silver Line, whose first stops will open later this year, will eventually — finally — provide a rail connection between the city and Dulles International Airport, a welcome alternative to one of the metro area’s more expensive taxi rides.
But the expansion means the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency’s iconic rail map, the latest iterations of which were released this week, is starting to look more crowded than a downtown platform at rush hour. The system has been expanding regularly [gif] and with grace since Lance Wyman designed the first map in 1976, but the Silver Line poses a new challenge: three lines running on the same track.
via D.C.’s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains – Henry Grabar – The Atlantic Cities.
Metro’s Silver Line will be operational at some point this year, and the transit agency is preparing by readying a new system map that includes line’s route.
A version of the map posted by Metro for public comments included thinner rail lines, station dots with “whiskers,” the removal of cross streets on station names, abbreviated station names, and a new legend. The full map is below.
Interestingly, Tysons Corner will be listed by its “old” name. Planners recently decided to drop the “corner” and just make the area Tysons, but it looks like the corner will live on on the new Metro map.
Want to know more about how the Silver Line will actually run? Greater Greater Washington has all the details.
via The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist.