Final Draft Silver Line Metrorail Map for Review

We are down to the final two!  Based on extensive customer feedback from the latest map revisions, we made some additional improvements to the map:

  • Added the Metro Transit Police phone number;
  • Made the rail lines 24% thinner;
  • Added the Anacostia National Park;
  • Included a note that the map is not to scale;
  • Placed a darkened Silver Line between the Blue and Orange lines; and
  • Lightened the Beltway and jurisdiction borders.

We are now down to selecting the icon to represent a three-line station.  When we asked for feedback in the last round, some of you said that you didn’t like the idea of a completely new, third type of icon on the map (i.e., the capsule).  Others said you liked the capsule, but it was too thin.  It was recommended that we try to make the capsule the same width as the current station dot, but stretch it into an oval.
After reviewing your comments, Lance Wyman went back to his drawing board and came up with these two options:

  • Map #1: Retains the current station dot with thin, white extenders
  • Map #2: Stretches the current station dot into an oval

Take a look at these final versions and let us know which one you prefer. All comments welcome!  Please provide feedback in the comments section below or on our MindMixer site.   Thank you for your input.

full_whiskerfull_pill
zoom_whiskerzoom_pill

Related Posts:

Categories: Engage Tags: , , ,
  1. Stephen
    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:37 | #1

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 52

  2. Jonathan
    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 | #2

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 51

  3. Mike Aiello
    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 | #3

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 47

  4. May 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 | #4

    THANK YOU for adding the MTPD phone number!

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 35 Thumb down 2

  5. Tim
    May 23rd, 2013 at 11:07 | #5

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 50

  6. Max C.
    May 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 | #6

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 14 Thumb down 46

  7. SPC
    May 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 | #7

    I like map #1 more. I realize that both the circle and oval station identifiers are included in the legend of map #2, but it makes it look like they might denote different things.

    Is there any chance a note could be added that rush service on the yellow line only extends to Mt. Vernon Sq? This note was removed with the Rush Plus maps and having it can add some clarity for out of towners. You tend to look to the exterior of the map for the destination stations listed on trains (Huntington, Shady Grove, etc.). Since Mt. Vernon is right in the middle of the map, it confuses some people (at least I’ve seen enough confused tourists to remember it now).

    Thanks for soliciting feedback.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 62 Thumb down 2

  8. Rich (@auburntigerrich)
    May 23rd, 2013 at 11:48 | #8

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 42

  9. JDC
    May 23rd, 2013 at 12:32 | #9

    I really pushed for capsules, but seeing the white whiskers is actually sort of appealing to me, especially because I dislike the thing black lines of the capsules (and also the circles and bulls eye – ugh). Love the Police phone number and the Anacostia park! Makes that side of the river look inviting.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 5

  10. May 23rd, 2013 at 13:21 | #10

    I appreciate the thinner lines, though I think they could go even thinner – then you wouldn’t need the capsules or the extenders (which I prefer to the capsules, but they’re still not an ideal solution.) I’m really not keen on having the Silver Line slip over the Orange at Falls Church instead of at Stadium-Armory, as it was before. Neither is physically accurate, which is fine, but in the current arrangement, West Falls Church and McLean look way too close together, as if you could walk from one to the other.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 7 Thumb down 8

  11. Kevin
    May 23rd, 2013 at 15:21 | #11

    I can’t stand the capsules — they make the center of the map much too busy. Simple is better. Please keep the circles.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 66 Thumb down 7

  12. Crystal
    May 23rd, 2013 at 16:45 | #12

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 44

  13. Restonian
    May 23rd, 2013 at 17:31 | #13

    The silver line needs to be silver in color, not gray.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 55 Thumb down 6

  14. May 23rd, 2013 at 17:54 | #14

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 40

  15. Colleen
    May 23rd, 2013 at 17:58 | #15

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 15

  16. Ed F
    May 24th, 2013 at 00:05 | #16

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 10

  17. Ed F
    May 24th, 2013 at 00:09 | #17

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 38

  18. Ed F
    May 24th, 2013 at 00:11 | #18

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 39

  19. David B.
    May 24th, 2013 at 00:31 | #19

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 33

  20. Brian
    May 24th, 2013 at 08:43 | #20

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 41

  21. Monica
    May 24th, 2013 at 10:06 | #21

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 40

  22. Falls Church
    May 24th, 2013 at 10:39 | #22

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 6

  23. Ben Ross
    May 24th, 2013 at 10:43 | #23

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 33

  24. Tina
    May 24th, 2013 at 12:06 | #24

    Dot with white extenders.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 53 Thumb down 6

  25. pogo
    May 24th, 2013 at 12:18 | #25

    i say go with the white whiskers, but on ALL stations that serve more than 1 line. this will make the map look uniform. otherwise it makes it look like there’s something special about the 3 line area and there’s not.
    the pills, if used, should be the width of the outer ring of a transfer station. that will help somewhat.

    eastern market has GOT to be fixed to be 45 degree angles, regardless of choice.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 52 Thumb down 5

  26. May 24th, 2013 at 12:41 | #26

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 9

  27. Dan Gamber
    May 24th, 2013 at 13:07 | #27

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 38

  28. Jared Christian
    May 24th, 2013 at 13:08 | #28

    What happens to the old signage when it comes down? I’m talking about stuff like the Platform Station Name signs with the end station destination, old maps from the Illuminated map cases, the maps on the platform that show just a map of the Stations Ahead.

    I’m sure there are many of us, including myself, who would love to pay much more than the scrap/recycling value to get such a unique piece of decoration for our homes! I’m sure this could be a source of revenue for WMATA out of stuff that otherwise wouldn’t.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 2

  29. xtr657
    May 24th, 2013 at 13:53 | #29

    I hate the capsules. I love Map 1.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 59 Thumb down 5

  30. May 24th, 2013 at 14:18 | #30

    the whiskers are great with the white!!!

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 58 Thumb down 6

  31. May 24th, 2013 at 14:41 | #31

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 13

  32. Steve Strauss
    May 24th, 2013 at 15:29 | #32

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 38

  33. deeman804
    May 24th, 2013 at 16:22 | #33

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 5

  34. Galen
    May 24th, 2013 at 16:24 | #34

    It’s close, but I like the whiskers as long as they’re on every station served by more than one line.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 3

  35. Peter D
    May 25th, 2013 at 08:27 | #35

    If you have the capsules or ovals at some stations and not others, people not familiar with the system will not comprehend quickly. Round dots = stations (And, that they serve all lines that come in and out will be easily noted at the first station a person uses.) Double round dots are transfer points. It is an easily understood two dot system – add another feature and you complicate something that need not be. There are two users for the MAP – us and them and by them I mean tourists. I, and I am sure the rest of the group, want them to understand it “quickly” so not as to be in the way – at any time of the day, but particularly during rush hours.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 54 Thumb down 2

  36. Joyce Brooks
    May 26th, 2013 at 06:45 | #36

    Map# 1
    NO ovals please ; adds another level of confusion

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 51 Thumb down 3

  37. Stephen F
    May 26th, 2013 at 09:35 | #37

    At first I liked the capsules, but know I really like the dot with extenders. I agree with those that suggest using the dot with extender for all stations serving 2 or 3 lines to make it more uniform.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 19 Thumb down 3

  38. Norm
    May 26th, 2013 at 10:39 | #38

    The circle with the dashes instead of the ovals. More standard.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 51 Thumb down 2

  39. May 26th, 2013 at 11:54 | #39

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 32

  40. LoudounJay
    May 26th, 2013 at 12:28 | #40

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 12

  41. headscratcher
    May 26th, 2013 at 12:49 | #41

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 22

  42. Frank B
    May 26th, 2013 at 13:46 | #42

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 10

  43. spacey
    May 26th, 2013 at 14:57 | #43

    Definitely #1, much more consistent w/the current look and the rest of the elements on the map. The blobs in #2 look out of place relative to the rest of station circles.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 52 Thumb down 3

  44. Bob Johnson
    May 26th, 2013 at 16:29 | #44

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 35

  45. Reginald
    May 26th, 2013 at 17:28 | #45

    Definitely Map #1. The aesthetics are better and are a lot less cluttered for the tourists of the Greater Washington Area.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 33 Thumb down 0

  46. Frank
    May 26th, 2013 at 21:36 | #46

    #1! The capsules look weird and draw too much attention.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 51 Thumb down 3

  47. David B.
    May 27th, 2013 at 04:56 | #47

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 11

  48. Jarik
    May 27th, 2013 at 08:32 | #48

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 33

  49. PaBlum
    May 27th, 2013 at 08:35 | #49

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 32

  50. Mark
    May 27th, 2013 at 12:37 | #50

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 21

  51. Mark McBride
    May 27th, 2013 at 17:49 | #51

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 31

  52. Rita Baker
    May 27th, 2013 at 22:06 | #52

    The circle with extenders was clearer to me that the stop was available on all lines it touched.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 38 Thumb down 1

  53. Char Doza
    May 28th, 2013 at 09:39 | #53

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 30

  54. Dave
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:21 | #54

    @Peter D
    Seriously? Somehow, lots of people who have never ridden the “Tube” arrive in London every day… and they use both tick marks and white circles to indicate stations without any legend at all.

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/standard-tube-map.gif

    Give people some credit for having some basic inferential intelligence.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 3 Thumb down 5

  55. Jake
    May 28th, 2013 at 11:40 | #55

    I like the one without the ovals also. The ovals seem to add too much emphasis to the stations where you can transfer between the Blue, Silver, and Orange lines; which are basically all of them.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 4

  56. Brett
    May 28th, 2013 at 14:16 | #56

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 28

  57. Matthew
    May 28th, 2013 at 15:20 | #57

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 29

  58. Chris
    May 28th, 2013 at 17:40 | #58

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 29

  59. Patrick
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:51 | #59

    Maybe the Silver and Orange lines on the map can cross at the curve between Court House and Rosslyn. It may be a bit easier than east of Stadium-Armory, and it would help add space between McLean and West Falls Church stations on the map.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

  60. Andy
    May 30th, 2013 at 16:27 | #60

    Definitely go with the dots with white whiskers over the capsules. The capsules look like they’re trying to denote a station that is operationally different when that isn’t the case.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 40 Thumb down 1

  61. David B.
    May 30th, 2013 at 23:52 | #61

    I’d like for Metro to bring the east to west segment of the Orange/ Silver/ and Blue lines, carrying Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, and McPherson Sq. further south. That segment should be closer to Roosevelt Island. In addition, there shouldn’t be so much of the lines north of Rosslyn station before the line turns west.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 3

  62. David B.
    May 31st, 2013 at 00:14 | #62

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 6

  63. July 5th, 2013 at 14:58 | #63

    I am a person who often visits Faifax, Virginia (suburb of Wahington D.C) and gets addicted to the metro when I visit. I am visiting right now. I am a fan of map #1 because I think the ovals look to weird and unusual.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0