Simple or confusing? Prague unveils new metro network map

Prague Integrated Transport is testing a new style of map that only displays the subway line on which the passenger is currently located.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 08.02.2024 16:25:00 (updated on 08.02.2024) Reading time: 1 minute

Prague Integrated Transport (PID) has recently unveiled a modified version of its planned new metro network map. The new draft display, which is presented on a black background, only shows the subway line on which the passenger is currently traveling.

The idea comes after PID in November presented the public with a completely revamped map – nicknamed the “dachshund” for its long appearance – showing the capital’s three metro lines (A, B, and C).

PID will consider metro users’ honest opinions on the new map and then, later this year, decide which new design to adopt.

"Based on your feedback, we have prepared an alternative version for you before the upcoming public survey. The scheme of the overall routing of the metro lines with the center detail has also been modified to improve readability,” PID explained on its Facebook account. 

Passengers can see the draft new designs at the Palmovka, Jiřího z Poděbrad (JzP), and Chodov metro stations. The maps will also appear on select metro carriages across the PID network. The transport company also says it will introduce a trial run of “completely new vertical maps of the metro lines” at JzP.

In the following weeks, an in-person user survey will also take place at the recently reopened JzP station. Online, some people have criticized the new draft maps for being “too dark.” Others point out that a single-line map makes it harder for plan out a route (that involves other lines) on the network.

Various social media users have also pointed out that Prague remains behind the curve: European capitals (such as Paris) have luminous metro maps in carriages that indicate with a light the next station that the train will stop at.

PID's initiative stems from the ongoing Legible Prague project, which aims to make overall public navigation in Prague easier, and more readable and visible.

The trial maps will run until the end of March. You may also provide feedback on the new designs here.

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