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MBTA accepting votes on map re-design competition

Posted by Brock Parker  September 9, 2013 04:39 PM

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The MBTA announced Monday that it has opened public voting for the six finalists in a competition to see who could create the best re-design of the T’s map.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority launched the Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition in the spring and a panel of experts evaluated the entries, according to an announcement on the MBTA’s website.

Dozens of entries were submitted and the panel chose six finalists that are now posted on the MBTA’s website so customers can choose the winner—which may be used as the new map, according to the MBTA.

Voting is open today, Sept. 9, through Friday, Sept. 20 and a winner will be announced by the end of the month, according to the MBTA.

Votes can be cast at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/mbtamapsurvey.

A gallery of the map submissions can be found online at http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/?id=27169.

According to the MBTA, the competition comes as it needs to modify and re-design system maps because of the opening of multiple new projects, including new Fairmount Line stations, the opening of the Assembly Square Station next year, and the coming Green Line extension.

Contestants were asked to submit maps into a classic design category meeting most of the design standards of the MBTA’s current map or a second open tier category in which entries could be more creative.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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