This summer, we were impressed by a map of the MBTA that shows the subway lines on a time-scale map, with stations spaced according to scheduled travel times. This is quite different from the official MBTA maps, which depict the station stops evenly spaced out, rendering useless for commuters who want to know how long it takes to get from one station to another.
Using a similar time-scale model, Peter Dunn came up with a revamped commuter rail map, depicting stations spaced according to scheduled travel times, spaced in five minute increments. Additionally, the map shows the frequency that trains run both inbound and outbound on weekdays.
Dunn writes in his blog post:
…The commuter rail…has its two terminal stations that make a more appropriate center: every line terminates at either North or South station, and a huge percentage of riders begin or end their journey there. As a bonus, the commuter rail has actual schedules it aspires to keep, unlike the best-guess schedules of the T’s subway trip planner. Plotting out these schedules gives a nice picture of commuters’ travel times at a glance.
…Car commuters can see where they might save time by taking the train. Newcomers looking for a place to move in the region can quickly compare how much of their day they’d spend commuting from various stations. (If you choose the home another six minutes away, that’s an extra hour a week you’ll spend getting to and from work.)
Save for delays, this map could serve as an effective tool when determining which station is your best bet to allow you the maximum amount of times you can hit snooze while still getting to work on time. Check out the maps in more detail below.
[h/t Universal Hub]