Vote For the Best MBTA Map Redesign

The contest for the new look for the T’s underground guide begins now.

The MBTA got a lot of people to come up with new designs for their map for free, and now they want riders to pick the best one.

Back in April, the MBTA launched the “New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition,” and received what they called an “overwhelming” response, not only because of the dozens of redesigned maps that they pouring in, but because of the “impressive quality of many of the entries.”

Some looked like trees, others took a new perspective on the lines used to show each route, and others stuck to the classic look, but enhanced the concept to make it easier to navigate.

Once all the entries rolled in, a panel of T employees, urban planners, and mapping experts looked over each proposed redesign and narrowed it down to just six maps that they felt could be the next MBTA guide.

Now, the T wants riders to take to the voting booth and pick which one should win the top spot in the map competition. “With so many new projects opening—new Fairmount Line stations and next year’s opening of Assembly Square Station—and many more in the pipeline, the MBTA will need to modify and redesign our system maps,” according to a statement from the transit agency.

If the winning designer is lucky, their map may be the one that is seen by millions of riders as they try and maneuver their way through both the underground system, and the various bus routes. “The proposed maps are a fresh look at our system. The creativity and skill shown in all the entrants will certainly make their choice a tough one,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “I am looking forward to seeing who our customers choose as the winner.”

Voting will be open until September 20. The MBTA expects to announce the winner by the end of the month. Below are a few of the finalists that they T picked for the top six redesigns to be considered. To see the complete list of finalists, and to vote for a favorite, visit the T’s voting page.

A lengthier list of all the designs that were submitted to the MBTA’s map design contest can be found here. 

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  • Boston Wedding Photographer

    The first one is the simplest, easiest to read map with bold lines and the majority of the text is all horizontal.

  • pdinc

    Well, thats dumb. Its the same map in position 1 everytime i refresh the page. Going to be some massive bias towards the first map.

  • TWL

    The fourth one looks like an integrated circuit. It’s also as difficult to interpret as an integrated circuit.

  • robermoses

    None of these look good… I guess maybe you need to actually pay people to get decent design work?

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  • Jennifer

    “a panel of T employees, urban planners, and mapping experts looked over each proposed redesign”

    Did THEY get paid?

  • Anhtuan Nguyen Huynh

    Boston is behind D.C. in this regard. Visit my Twitter @AT_Nguyen_Huynh and the nation’s capital to see for yourself

  • imaraven

    looks pretty much the same to me…