A well-designed public transit map is a wonderful thing: clean, clear, simple and intuitive. A bad one, however, will serve to confuse you until you no longer know in which direction you’re headed.
Designer Cameron Booth has put together Transit Maps, which rounds up awful public transit maps from around the world. Some make complex systems more complicated than they need to be, some appear to have been designed in PowerPoint by drunk city officials, and others just make no sense whatsoever.
Here are a few of our favourites from Booth’s site, along with some choice cuts from his biting insights.
Bus System of Meiningen, Germany
Technically deficient, confusing to use and hideous to behold
Central London Night Bus Routes
I have absolutely no idea where any of the buses go.
Bus Network of Brownsville, Texas
The graduated blue background causes visual dissonance with just about everything else on the map.
Public Transport Network of Debrecen, Hungary
In short, it’s an absolute disaster.
Josephine County Transit Bus Map, Oregon
A blurry, muddy, incomprehensible mess without any useful labelling at all.
But let’s not stop there! There are plenty more gems like this over on Booth’s website. You should go check it out.
Top image by Alex Abian