English academic Max Roberts has devised several new ways of mapping our fair T to get a better sense of how one might go from Point A to Point B—and how long it might take one. Plus, they're just really neat.
Lest you think these maps are simply hyper-fanciful doodles, however, know this: Roberts put considerable thought into each. Take the above, for instance, the T map re-imagined as a series of concentric circles emanating from a center.
But which center? Here's Roberts in his November newsletter (the man has serious fans):
"With four central stations, giving priority to just one seems conceptually wrong, and although there are interesting possibilities for a center point far north or far south, this doesn't seem valid for a network where all lines converge on a clear central business district. New York is an exception to this, but there are good reasons for that. I have a lot of out-takes for the Boston circles map, a sure sign that its creation was a painful and painstaking process."
This is our favorite: a curvilinear map. No angles or sharp turns.
A severe multilinear look, with every pivot accentuated.
This tetralinear take looks the most like the real deal, no?
Note the Green Line branches in this octolinear design.
This hexalinear imagining looks familiar, too, except for the Fitchburg and Worcester commuter rail branches.
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