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I'm working on a bus map for The Rapid's system in GR (i.e. not the area out in Allendale yet. It has two parts: a low detail map for the complete(ish) service area and a high detail map for the downtown area.

WIP Here:

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The empty space to the left and bottom will be for text-based info --- the route list, service distinctions, etc.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what should be included at each detail level? What do bus riders need to know the locations of? FYI, I've disabled the road label layer for this render because they're kind of all over the place atm.

I know this isn't a transit update per se, but this is the most relevant thread I could think of.

Disclaimer: I am not professionally associated with The Rapid in any way. I just ride it.

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New WIP here:

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I had to make the detail map a little taller to fit DASH North (#52), so the station layout diagrams are a little cramped. I'll fix it later. I notice now the river is also cut short, haha.

I reenabled the label layer despite not adding anything to it, so it's still a mess. I also still have yet to add little indicators along the lines for which number they belong to, to make keeping them straight easier.

As ever, if anyone has any thoughts on improvements they'd be appreciated.

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23 hours ago, ZAP! said:

Since no one's told me not to yet, I'm just gonna keep posting occasional updates until the diagram is done. I switched up the colors, I'm thinking I'll ultimately end up with two versions -- light and dark theme.

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It looks great. Keep it up!

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Further updates:

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I finally made a trip out to Kentwood Station to record the new platform layout, shown in the lower middle of the artwork. I also added some inoffensive stylistic flair to the corner (to be enhanced later, I'm not super pleased with it), more labels, compasses, etc.

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1 hour ago, grandrollerz said:

whew, i am so glad to finally see students on the Laker Line BRT.  I've been watching it out my office window throughout the last year and it has been empty almost 100% of the time.  It just drove by at 400pm and it was FULL. :-) 

I live along the route, and it is definitely operating at a low volume compared to the ridership pre-covid on the line it replaced.  I think it will be a long recovery curve to see ridership at the levels it would have been at otherwise...  

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Smaller update this time, been swamped lately. I switched up the inoffensive flair in the corner for some little pictographs -- still work to be done on them. I also added my custom "The Rapid" logo, since I can't use the real one. Otherwise, mostly some minor tweaks to the line shapes, line style (to distinguish peak-only service, still need a blurb to explain), and the start of the line number callouts on the detail diagram.

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On 11/6/2021 at 2:34 PM, ZAP! said:

Smaller update this time, been swamped lately. I switched up the inoffensive flair in the corner for some little pictographs -- still work to be done on them. I also added my custom "The Rapid" logo, since I can't use the real one. Otherwise, mostly some minor tweaks to the line shapes, line style (to distinguish peak-only service, still need a blurb to explain), and the start of the line number callouts on the detail diagram.

Any chance you could make a version that someone highlights the 6 frequent routes?  That's 2, 4, 9, 11, 28,  Silver Line.
Maybe a QR code to the schedule book @ https://www.ridetherapid.org/assets/files/166/website-schedule-book-fall-2021.pdf

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On 11/11/2021 at 9:34 AM, whitemice said:

Any chance you could make a version that someone highlights the 6 frequent routes?  That's 2, 4, 9, 11, 28,  Silver Line.
Maybe a QR code to the schedule book @ https://www.ridetherapid.org/assets/files/166/website-schedule-book-fall-2021.pdf

I can do more to differentiate those routes, but I can't add the QR code — that asset could move at any time, leaving a dead link. The most I could do is add a link to The Rapid's homepage, but that would imply their endorsement of this diagram, which I don't see them giving.

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