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ceo wrote:Second map labels all the stations, however, which is far more important.Geographic accuracy in a system map is of the utmost importance. Line specific schematic maps show order of stations, which is why the two always accompany each-other. Making a map disproportionate to show detail defeats the purpose of having a system map in the first place.
Yellowspoon wrote:How is a tourist supposed to know that this is an MBTA entrance?Well, the big (T) sign out front is a hint, as is "To Trains". Every city's transit system looks different, and when you visit a new city it's one of the first things to figure out.
Yellowspoon wrote:Who is the target audience? Here is a sign on the Red Line at Downtown Crossing. There is one on the northbound platform and one on the southbound platform. Who is it for?Those were added during the 2004 DNC as well as the different colored panels on the station signs at other transfer stations (ie the green panels at Park Street Under). It's simply to demonstrate that you can transfer to the green line from Downtown Crossing. Why would you? You want to get to the Green Line from DTX and the station is packed, or every train that comes in is loaded beyond capacity. Perhaps there's a delay and you don't want to wait for the train when the walk through the concourse would be shorter. Maybe you got off a stop early by mistake and the next train is 15 mins away, or, maybe you missed Park Street on the southbound. There are plenty of reasons why you could be on those platforms and would be better served by the Winter Street concourse than the train. Signage pointing out all of your options isn't a bad thing.
Yellowspoon wrote:In the second sign, what does "STATE" mean? Is it a verb? How is a tourist supposed to know that this is an MBTA entrance? I know it's the name of the station only because I've lived here for 70+ years. Does this lead to both the Orange and Blue line? Or does it lead only to the Orange Line (and if I want the Blue Line, I'm supposed to go to the right).I think you're looking for problems where they don't exist. While I'd agree that "State" should be "State Street," the sign conforms to the Cambridge 7 standard and therefor conveys the appropriate information. How is a tourist to know that a stairway with a bunch of letters and numbers with circles behind them is a subway station? Well, if you walk around Manhattan for 5 minutes you get the hint pretty quickly. Not every station sign needs to say "This passageway is an entrance that will bring you to the MBTA's State Street subway station, it serves the Blue Line and the Orange Line."