On October 1, 2009, MARTA will adopt a color code reference system for its rail lines, which will identify each rail line by a specific color rather than by end-of-line station.
It is common practice in the transit industry to identify rail lines by color. In the United States, transit agencies such as Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) all refer to their rail lines by color. We believe the change will minimize confusion for riders, especially those traveling on lines that split, new customers and the many visitors who use our rail service when they travel to the Atlanta region. Under the new system, main lines and deviating branches each will be identified by a specific color.
The change in the rail line identification system is part of MARTA’s overall graphic standards update. The new standards will be completely incorporated throughout the system over the next few years as vehicles and system equipment are routinely replaced and rehabilitated. Additionally, changes will be made to our written materials. MARTA officials hope the content revisions and graphic update will make our rail service simple and easy to understand.
This is great! I still believe LA's color coding system is the best. Also, when somebody enters the station, the end-station is pronounced on the television screens or the signs (i.e. "towards Long Beach" or "towards Los Angeles"). Many times in Philly, DC, and New York I would have to check with passengers if I'm going the right side of the tracks. LA's is the easiest to navigate.
No matter the debates on this board..the grass is always greener on the other side. And, I would say LA did it right with the color-coding system. I'm glad we don't do A, B, C, D, lines.... We just don't have that extensive of a system to do it with numbers and letters, etc....
Post by bluelineshawn on Oct 3, 2009 8:24:12 GMT -8
We just don't have that extensive of a system to do it with numbers and letters, etc....
That is incorrect. Neither letters, numbers, nor colors require a minimum system size to work. And AFAIK there is no plan for "numbers and letters". The idea is numbers or letters.
The issue for me is that colors do become problematic after a system reaches a certain size because you run out of easily identifiable and distinguishable colors after maybe 8 lines depending on the person. We should be fine for a few decades except that Metro has already started using colors for bus lines. If we're going to switch to letters or numbers in 20 years after the system is more built, I say might as well do it now. If we're going to stick with colors for the next 100 years then I'm fine with that too although it's not ideal.