The World Metro Map Combines 214 Subway Systems Into One Glorious Mess

By Jamie Condliffe on at

What happens if you try to combine 214 different underground train networks — including 791 routes and 11,924 stations — into a single tube map? This beautiful tangle of colour and lines is what.

Created by New York-based ArtCodeData and Open Access, the map—called, aptly, The World Metro Map — includes underground systems from Istanbul to London, New York to Moscow, Mexico to Teheran. There’s been a lot of thought put into the thing, not least in careful colour selection and arrangement of the lines, to make sure it makes at least some sense.

It’s obviously particularly useful, of course, but the overall effect is rather beautiful. If you like it, you can support the project on Kickstarter and snag yourself a large print of the map. [Kickstarter via Cool Hunting]

Image by Open Access

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