Transit Maps of the World

Transit Maps of the World is the first and only comprehensive collection of historic and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of mass transit-including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication. Transit Maps is the graphic designer’s new bible, the transport enthusiast’s dream collection, and a coffee-table essential for everyone who’s ever traveled in a city.

Snow encouraged me to buy this, as I gazed at it longingly. It wasn't a wrong decision. It is the coolest. Book. Ever. Seriously.

And, I'm pleased to report that BART has entered the 21st century and is remaking some of their maps - I can't seem to find any reference online, but their in-station schedules have a small non-geographically bound map that clearly shows the lines and connections. It is lovely and modern, more akin to London's, and it makes me really happy.

I love rail. I love heavy rail, light rail. I love monorail. I love high speed rail, and to a lesser degree, slow old railroad. I wish I knew more about it, but just the pictures make me giddy.

So yeah. Rail porn. Love.

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