The Better Bus Map

I’ve been out of the Cincinnati transit scene for a while now so I was surprised to see today on the Interwebs that the Better Bus Coalition has put out a new “Better Bus Map” based to some degree on the frequent transit map that got me started on this blog. There certainly is a family resemblance, but this is a whole new creation, and its designer, Mark Samaan, has clearly put a lot of work into it.

Follow the link for a closer look. It updates my now somewhat out-of-date frequent transit map, and adds more information, especially on destinations like grocery stores, shopping centers, etc. that were squeezed out of my map by the need to fit it on an 8.5″x11″ page.

My deepest hope for this map is that it stays updated longer than mine did. While I have no idea what Mark’s or the Better Bus Coalition’s financial situation is, I can say that I never really updated my map because it takes SO MUCH TIME and no one was finally willing to pay for the work in a consistent way. I had rent to pay and life goes on. I hope SORTA, the Chamber, the Better Bus Coalition, the University, or some other institution can see the value in what might be termed “attractively topological transit mapping” and will pony up the dough needed to keep this not only on life support, but keep it updated, improved, and circulated in coming years.

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Updated Cincinnati Transit Map now available

It’s been available for a while, but I’m now more confident that I actually have everything in the right place ;-)

Cincinnati Transit Map

The main PDF version can be found at:
That’s where I’ll always keep the best/most-up-to-date regional transit map that I have floating around.

And now

This map is like a teenage romance for me; full of lust and zealous ambition, it was exciting! And it’s what got me properly interested in transit and cartography. I can even say it’s landed me a couple real jobs. It’s usually the first thing people mention about me if I’m being introduced, reliably conjuring an “Oh! You’re that guy! I love that map!” That was such a great feeling at first!

But we all grow out of those romances and I now look back at it as a piece of myself irretrievably far away. How mothers keep loving their children, this designer will never know; proximity to my creations grows my boredom.

The project has been a success by every measure I can think of.
But I’m sick of it now. I’m sick of looking at it, using it as a bookmark, and hearing about it. I’m sick of updating it and being responsible for it. The Map and I have grown apartĀ  and it will not be updated again.

A big question for me then: What’s next?

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