Testing, testing! Prague introduces revamped metro maps

The new design is part of a wider project to make public transport signs in Prague easier to read – but some say the new visual does the opposite.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 02.11.2023 13:12:00 (updated on 02.11.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Commuters on several of Prague's metro lines will notice a refreshed metro map in carriages starting this week, as Prague Integrated Transport (PID) launches testing of its updated metro maps.

Dubbed "dachshunds" due to their elongated shape above carriage doors, the maps showing metro line routes are getting a modernized look.

Inspired by an accessibility-focused map concept already on display at Palmovka station, and now in the newly reopened Jiřího z Poděbrad metro stop, the new graphic aims to enhance clarity and readability for passengers.

A darker version with a new focal point

"We've made some adjustments to the layout and added more city landmarks to help orient passengers," PID said in an Instagram post. Notably, Wenceslas Square now sits horizontally centered on line diagrams. Signage for accessible stations has also been revised.

Prague Deputy Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, responsible for transport in the capital, asked users on social media site X what they thought of the new design. Feedback has been mixed with many commenters questioning the need to change something that has already worked so well for so long.

The new metro design is part of the Legible Prague project, which aims to make navigation in Prague easier. The system supports pedestrians, public transport users, and cyclists, promoting equal mobility for all. The project addresses the problem of multiple, uncoordinated information systems in the city that often get lost in the visual clutter of advertisements. It aims to, above all, simplify signs and make them easier to read.

Hřib mentioned that PID would run a user survey asking people for their thoughts about the new design. PID will create the final map version based on people's feedback and comments.

Additional details like Prague's green spaces will feature prominently in the new map formatting. Riders will see the trial graphics rolling out on select trains on all of lines A, B, and C, during the next year.

The new map sets out to help people in Prague – residents and tourists alike – make their way around the city, and time will tell whether this design becomes a success.

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