half mile maps
June 11, 2018, 1:18 pm
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Here are some maps of cities with blue half mile circles drawn around each subway station. If you live in a blue dot, you are within a quarter mile of an affordable, low energy means of getting to your grocery store, work place, friend’s house, bank, park and gym. If you live outside of the dots, you must rely on a bus or car which makes your life more difficult and costs the municipality much much more money to support in complex subsidy schemes.

The idea is that you are well served – and you tax money well spent – if you are within walking distance of a subway train, and not well served, in terms of access and public expenditures, if you have to get into your car and drive for errands, work etc. within your city. If you live in one of the blue dots, you’re well served, if not you should stop paying your taxes because, your municipality is throwing away money by subsidizing cars which cost exponentially more per capita.

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Taipei: the downtown is comprehensive, with dense strings going out into the suburbs.

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San Diego: downtown is poorly covered, a big loop and a string going down to the Mexican border. A loop inside the loop would connect a lot of people and encourage downtown development.

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Rome: lots of gaps to fill in, no doubt because it’s difficult to tunnel under the world’s richest archeological site.

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Paris: comprehensive in all arrondissements and connected to regional rail to bring in the suburban folk. You can’t get better than this.

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Miami: two lines and a toy train loop in downtown. Sad for the hub of a region that has eight million inhabitants. A proper subway would solve Miami’s horrible traffic problems inexpensively, but the resistance and misinformation surrounding transit is a massive barrier to change. Lots of underused existing rail already in place which could be incorporated into a more comprehensive system.

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Los Angeles: they’ve built dozens of stations in the past 20 years, but they’re far flung, like the original town. Most places have two systems: regional and metro. LA is all regional. Four or five more lines to fill in the gaps would make it easier to get around the city and save the municipality a large fortune in subsidies for other wasteful transportation infrastructure.

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Berlin: well served downtown with dense spokes radiating into the suburbs – a good system.

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Bangalore: two dense lines that radiate into the neighborhoods. If filled in with three or four more lines, the system could have better coverage and radically reduce the traffic gridlock and air quality in the rapidly growing city.


stations snowday
December 12, 2015, 1:40 pm
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system length
August 15, 2011, 6:40 pm
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Size matters in this case.  Above is a chart by Urban Age showing relative subway route lengths by city.  Below I have matched the route lengths against the city population.

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cities with subways
August 8, 2011, 5:30 pm
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From an ecard for the Penguin book Transit Maps of the World, a map that connects all the cities in the world that have subway systems.  Just jump on in Seattle and less than 20 stops, and maybe a week, later you’re in St Petersburg.   Tokyo and Boston share a line which means no transfers.

From the ecard:

“This playful diagram shows all the cities which have, are building or are planning to construct an urban rail system. It is the opening page of a new book about the graphic design of subway, metro, underground and U-Bahn system maps and diagrams.”