About this project
NYC's transit system is big. There's 34 Subway lines, 12 Select Buses and hundreds of local bus lines.
Currently, the Subway, Local buses and Select buses exists across 6 maps - one bus map for each of the five boroughs, plus the subway map.
The Bullet Map project started with a simple question:
We believed that it was possible to show all the different forms of transit on one map, in one style.
We've produced a single map. A single, beautiful map that uses a clear, unified graphic system to show all these services - Subway, Local bus and Select bus - to create a holistic view of NYC's transit network.
All of Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, together.
All the transit routes that are included in the price of an Unlimited MetroCard or transferred between using Pay-per-ride MetroCard are shown.
On top of the Subway map, we've included all 237 local bus lines to create the Unified Bullet Map. This map shows all of NYC's MetroCard transit lines - Subway, Local bus and Select bus - together, and clearly.
With the map design finished, we've set our sights on developing an app that allows New Yorkers to see the full range of transit options available to them. To be able to see that the system is holistic, and not limited to just Subways.
This initial app will be a simple, interactive way to navigate around all 5 boroughs.
With funding, we'll continue to add different map layers relevant to riders. These may include Accessibility & Step-less Access maps to help those with mobility issues, weekly Planned Service Changes and car-share and bike-share operational areas.
Eventually we'll build a website that makes it easy to see entire transit network in the New York metro area easy to navigate.
Our ultimate goal is to produce a series of maps, apps and tools make riding transit as easy and smooth as possible. But first, we're building a simple app.
We've come really far in creating the Bullet Map (hundreds - seriously - hundreds of hours to get the base map right) and we're pleased to offer the following rewards to those who help us get to our next goal.
You'll receive your rewards during Dec 2016, in time for the holidays.
[A] Bullet Map App
V1.0 of the Bullet Map is an easy to use digital version of the map. Available to be used without a data connection (will work in the Subway!). Scrollable and zoomable.
iOS or Android versions will be available.
[B] Detail Prints
[C] Bullet Subway Map Poster
Showing Subways and Select Bus only printed on high quality matte paper at 24" x 36"
[D] Boro Bus & Subway Map Posters
Showing Boro-sized zoomed in Subways and Local Bus only printed on high quality matte paper at 20" x 30"
[E] Bullet Unified Map
Showing Subways, Local Bus and Select Bus printed on high quality matte paper at 36" x 48"
We hope that you will support us!
This project is not endorsed or affiliated with the MTA, MTA NYC Transit or the City of New York City.
Risks and challenges
Are there any risks of this project not happening?
We have fully developed the maps, begun development on the app and have the prints at the printer. If funded, the rewards will all be delivered.
How is this different from other NYC transit maps?
The scope! There have been several alternative subway maps published. They tackle how to navigate the Subway system in isolation only.
The Bullet Map shows all buses and subways together. It is a holistic map of NYC's transit system.
What's the inspiration for the Bullet Map?
Buses don't show up on the official Subway map. On the Bus Maps, the subway is reduced to the bottom of the visual hierarchy of the bus maps.
The introduction of the Unlimited MetroCard and free subway to bus transfers on pay-per-ride fares wove the transit system into one large beast covering the entire city. But there hasn't been on single map or series of maps to show it all together clearly. So, here it is.
But I don't ride the bus...
Most people avoid buses (for lots of reason, let's be honest) but a big one is that they just don't know where buses go.
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