Map-making contest garners 17,000 votes

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If you voted in the MBTA’s map re-design competition, congratulations! You were one of 17,000 people to cast a ballot to select a redesigned version of Massachusetts’ most beloved map. The contest, which concluded on Friday, featured six different versions of a re-designed T map from local graphic designers and cartographers, ranging from subtle modifications of the current map to full-blown overhauls.

Of course, T officials organizing the contest have made no promises that any of the maps will replace our old standard. But the reimagined subway system renderings say a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the current T map — and the proclivities of the thousands of people who use it every day.

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