Old Maps of BART

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Are there any online?

I thought I once saw a beautiful, simplified BART map with straight and angled lines as opposed to the wiggly lines on the current BART map (ie rather like the London Underground) anyone remember it?

-- Mark Ovenden (lovemark@btinternet.com), January 30, 2002


Yes, only it was something like 25 years before they even began construction of bart. A lot of you don't know this but Bart had been planned ages before construction began. I have got a book on the Bart plan that goes all the way back to about 1962. I was really amazed when they finally did begin construction because I thought it was nothing but a Jetson like pipe dream and that it would never get off the ground.

-- Harry Murphy (harrymurphy@bigmailbox.net*), February 02, 2002.

The "original" initials for what is now called Bart were....BARTD. This stood for Bay Area Rapid Transit Distict. Early research might be aided by using the older letter combination.

RE Ruef

-- RE Ruef (sprint2r@yahoo.com), February 24, 2002.

I've seen it!! It is currently still on display. It's at the end of the line, at the Fremont BART station, in the very center of the paid area downstairs (below the platform level). There is a rectangular pillar in the middle of the large room, and the old metal sign is still bolted to one of its sides. It is dated 1981. It even has other transit connections from BART (at the time), also drawn in that Johnston Underground angular style! Good luck, and please post a photo of the sign if you bring a digital camera with you?


-- JoSH Lehan (krellan@krellan.com), September 28, 2004.

BTW, my bad: Harry Beck, not Johnston, was the designer of the famous angular tube map diagram. Edward Johnston designed something as equally stylish, the London Underground font.

-- JoSH Lehan (krellan@krellan.com), September 28, 2004.

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