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user-inactivated  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mapped: historic public transit systems v their modern equivalents

    Also, doesn't San Francisco rely way more heavily on BART?? I feel like the street cars aren't the "modern transit network" of the city, but I get that it's cool for comparison.

Looking at the comments in the article, it looks like the artist's choices for some of the data used is worth scrutinizing and considering. Still, it's kind of fun to look at the maps overall.

birchbarkcanoe  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean I see why he only showed streetcars, and it certainly provides an interesting comparison because the street grid remains very similar over time. I just think if he's saying that their modern transit system has better service than the old one, it's worth mentioning that today's major transit system is not actually the one represented on the map.

Yeah, they didn't build highways in their city because they have a very robust transit system, but the very robust transit system in question isn't streetcars (though the streetcars are still there and do indeed reflect interesting changes)