This Is What It Looks Like When You Put 214 Cities' Transit Lines on One Map
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This Is What It Looks Like When You Put 214 Cities' Transit Lines on One Map

World Metro Map
Gerardo Cid / ArtCodeData + Open Accessibility Initiative 2016
World Metro Map
Gerardo Cid / ArtCodeData + Open Accessibility Initiative 2016

If you've ever yearned to see what the public transportation maps of 214 different cities looked like all on one piece of paper, it's your lucky day. Collective ArtCodeData and non-profit Open Access pulled transit lines from some of the world's biggest cities and connected them on one world map. As you can imagine, the result is utterly overwhelming—much like encountering a public transportation system for the first time (multiplied by 214). 

This is much more than a representation of the intricate lines that tie us all together across the world. The World Metro Map is inspired by a similar design that dates back to 1959. 'New Babylon' was a design thought up by architect Constant Nieuwenhuys and displayed a borderless system that spans the entire globe, allowing travel without any true restrictions—a true utopia for any worldly wanderer. Interested? The reimagined map is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter campaign and comes in two different sizes. 

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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