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Max Power

Why not indicate direction with an arrow character next to the street label? e.g.
<- 14th St
15th St ->


I did that for a montreal map, I think it worked out well (sorry for the shameless plug: http://www.cat-bus.com/2010/09/a-map-for-montreals-frequent-service/)


Jarrett, thanks again for posting my thoughts here!

Max, I agree that your strategy seems simplest and most effective, and unobtrusive directional arrows could be added to street labels on the WMATA map quite easily. But what about the multiple offset routes that Jarrett quoted above? Would this similar tactic...

< Street A
---Rte 1---
Street B >
---Rte 2---
< Street C
---Rte 3---
Street D >

..work, or would it seem too confusing? (You'd also lose the ability to merge routes into a thick line to indicate a combined FTN because you'd have to indicate street names in between the routes.)


I think directional arrows are a good way to go. Admittedly my experience is based on DC specifically, but usually the reason that routes are split is because there is one way traffic on that segment so in most instances the buses would only be going in one direction even for multiple routes. I'm sure people can prove me wrong, but it would be a good start for those instances. I've found real time apps surprisingly helpful in located exact stops in those cases for new routes as well as providing arrival information.

Daniel Howard

Labeling the streets in a tiny font risks clutter, but it is an important and ingenious solution to this problem. If the software/font you are using has strong Unicode support you could use glyphs for the arrows, like here:



It's worth noting as a little aside that one-way street couplets are great for cyclists. At every intersection, the cyclist only needs to worry about one motorist with only one choice of direction.


The use of contra-flow bus lanes can reduce the need for one-way street couplets, giving a one-way street for general traffic but a two-way street for buses.


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