Fascinating Maps of Subways To Scale

While we're on the subject of maps, I just ran across these terrific maps of subway systems in different world cities, all drawn to ...
by | May 21, 2009
 

While we're on the subject of maps, I just ran across these terrific maps of subway systems in different world cities, all drawn to the same scale.

When they're all mapped out this way, you really get a sense of how the different systems serve different needs. Some, like Paris' Metro, are compact and tight, and they're clearly designed to help move people through the city:

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In contrast, a system like Washington, D.C.'s Metro is sparse and spread out, and intended to be more of a hybrid commuter line:

Dc4a  

Fascinating!

(via Matthew Yglesias )

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