It is transit maps like this that make a person with the future of New Jersey at heart despair.
Here’s a snippet of New Jersey Transit’s map for Hudson County, New Jersey. This shows downtown Jersey City.
See the rest of this baffling map here. There are so many flaws with this map, including:
- The rapid transit and light rail systems are shown in thin lines and in the background. They are markedly de-emphasized, yet they provide some of the most frequent and useful transit service in the city.
- Private operators are not shown. New Jersey Transit only operates about 50% of the bus service in Jersey City. Other providers include the amazingly frequent jitneys, New York Waterway ferry buses, and traditional private operators such as A&C Bus Corp.
- Difficult to read bus route numbers and track them across the map. The font is small, routes have similar names (81, 82, 83, etc), and lines are only three colors. These indicate local routes, routes to New York, and routes to Newark.
- Not all streets are shown. Not even a basic grid, only the streets buses operate on.
- Everything is distorted into a 45-degree orthogonal system, making it hard to read. The street system in most of Jersey City isn’t even a grid.
Seriously, who allowed this to be published? Similarly confusing maps were prepared for the rest of the counties in Northern New Jersey. It might be less confusing to potential passenger to have no maps at all, or rely on third-party app developers and the like.
In contrast, here’s a sample of New York City’s bus maps.
Clear, simple, and shows all streets. Different bus lines are distinguished but so much that they cause visual clutter. Good job, MTA.