New MBTA map selected in redesign contest

The MBTA has selected its new map, which was designed by Mikheil Kvrivishvili, an interactive and graphic designer from Moscow, Russia.
The MBTA has selected its new map, which was designed by Mikheil Kvrivishvili, an interactive and graphic designer from Moscow, Russia.

A new MBTA map will offer passengers more travel information and an appealing aesthetic, according to transit officials, who today announced the winner of the T’s first map redesign contest.

The winning map was submitted by Mikheil Kvrivishvili, an interactive and graphic designer from Moscow, Russia. Transit officials said 17,045 votes were cast in the New Perspectives contest, and Kvrivishvili’s map racked up 6,837 votes.

“The goal was to make the map clear, legible. As simple to read as possible. Even for tourists,” Kvrivishvili told Metro in an email. “I am still surprised to win it, frankly speaking. Happy, of course. Hope this will be just the first step for building a legible transport in Boston.”

Passengers can expect to start seeing new maps in stations as replacements are needed and as new stations open. The new maps will first be placed in the Orient Heights Blue Line station when it reopens early next year, and the new Assembly Square Orange Line station when it opens in late 2014.

“We are entering an exciting period of growth and change in our system and I’m pleased that we were able to work with the public to help usher in some exciting new developments,” said MBTA general manager Beverly Scott. “As we continue to grow and improve our system, the new map will be a great symbol of the changes and updates we’re working on as a whole.”

Between between April 9 and May 14, 40 entrants from around the globe submitted alternative versions of the spider map. Some met most of the design standards guiding the development of the T’s current map, while others were more creative representations of the transit system.

Some of the new map’s improvements, according to T officials, include:

• All surface Green Line stations shown
• Rapid transit lines have a label with their color (i.e. “Red” for Red Line)
• Most of the rapid transit lines have been reoriented for a more organized look
• Smaller Key Bus Route lines and fonts make Rapid Transit lines stand out

Here is a look at the T’s previous map.

The MBTA's previous map.
The MBTA’s previous map.

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