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I was looking for a clear way to mapping my city network and maybe this could help me since our city network is very similar to this one...

One suggestion: try to put the map with the east on top of it. It would be more practical for netbooks and tablets users.


Wow. Great job with a complex system. It reinforces my believe that if the transit system is too complicated to show on a map clearly, then the system is too complicated. I also like to say that if there are too many stops to show on a network map, then there are too many stops.


As a keen reader of this blog, I'm glad to see a post dealing with my city!


What on God's green Earth are the route designers thinking?

It's a nice *map* but it's still extremely unclear -- because the *bus routing* is inherently confusing!

One thing the map makes *most* clear is that the route changes were bad changes -- the second map is much *less* clear than the first map!


Tel Aviv doesn't really have a grid system for major streets, unlike most North American cities.

Also, the number of routes is extremely high, because there is not yet rapid transit on any of the main corridors (unlike most other metro areas with 2 million or more residents).

Both of these factors make the task very hard for the route designer, not just the map designer.


Hi Alan,

I've just colour laser printed the telaviv pdf map onto 4xA3 sheets making a nice A1 wall map. Now how do I do the same for Kuala Lumpur bus/lrt routes? ;-)


A while ago I made a hypothetical suggestion for a grid-based transit system for the Tel Aviv metro area, inspired by Jarrett's ideas. It follow existing main streets as much as possible, and adds some new ones when necessary.


P.S. I apologise there is no text yet, I added this project just now since I felt it's relevant to the discussion. Feel free to ask me anything here. Also, if you feel like it have a look at the rest of the site (it's an architecture portfolio).

Alon Levy

What John said. The Tel Aviv bus system is really complex. As you can see on the map, some routes run one-way on two-way streets. Dizengoff is two-way for buses but the 66 only uses it in one direction. Arlozorov is two-way, but the 22 runs on it one way and on Jabotinsky the other way. Yehuda Maccabi is two-way, but the 5 runs on it in an incomprehensibly convoluted way.

And Misha: why does your grid drop the dense service to Central Tel Aviv? Dizengoff, Ben Yehuda, and Even Gvirol Ibn Gabirol can all support frequent routes independently, something that's quite normal for a downtown region.


I think having to close parallel routes (like Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda, about 150m apart) might dilute the service, especially at off peak hours.
To avoid dilution a better solution might be to tie two parallel lines when they enter the center to double the frequency.

I do think running the westernmost line further from the shore (eg on Dizengoff) might be better than what I suggested.

Alon Levy

I don't remember what the frequency is on Ben Yehuda, but on Dizengoff, the 5 has 7-minute off-peak service if I remember correctly.

But at any rate, Dizengoff is a more important street than Ben Yehuda, and vastly more important than Yarkon, so you should have service on it. In general, I think the busiest routes can be left relatively intact, superimposed on the grid. If enough people want to go from the train station to Dizengoff and from Dizengoff to Central Bus station, why not?


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