Information Design: MBTA Train Schedule

Schedule front

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Front of the full-color schedule when properly folded. It is the size of a credit card, which makes it easy to carry in a billfold or wallet.

Task: Design a new train schedule for the Providence-Stoughton line of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, giving attention to ease of use, portability, and cost of reproduction.

Process: Coming from a region which has very little public transportation, the first challenge was learning how a train schedule would actually be used. Noting that the original train schedule format contained redundant information regarding the stations, I designed a schedule which could fold over to use the same page for station information.

As costs were also a significant consideration, I chose only a single process color and tints. A black-and-white version could be used for photocopying, and two entire schedules can be reproduced on a single sheet of legal (full bleed) or letter (no bleed) paper.

Employer: Student project

Skills: Problem solving, research, typography

Tools:

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign