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This is the official transit map of Belluno, Italy, made by the provider of the service, Dolomitibus. It represents the 8 bus lines operating in Belluno, each with its own color: A=Orange (Arancio), B=Blue, C=Light Blue (Celeste), etc…
It’s extremely schematic, as it’s far from the real paths buses follow. For example, the Blue and the Green lines are, in the upper half of the map, represented as adjacent lines, while they actually run on different streets. It’s also missing some stops. I leave the more artistic part for you to review.
I dislike it so much I created my own version, and since the current system is very poor and messy I created a “project” map of how the lines should be. I will submit both of these at later times.
Transit Maps says:
I’m definitely interested to see what Luca’s vision for this network is, as this map is a bit of a mess. Schematic bus maps are a tricky thing to pull off successfully, as bus maps normally require more spatial relationship to the real world than less. This diagram makes a valiant effort by blocking out all the comunes surrounding Belluno in tints of the relevant line colours, but it’s just not very successful or aesthetically appealing. Tinted yellow labels on a tinted yellow background are almost unreadable, for example.
The Piave River, which should be a major landmark in orienting users on the map, just meanders across the page and barely resembles its real-world self. Worse still, the Borgo Piave – Distributore Agip stop on the “C” and “J” lines is shown on the wrong side of the river (it should be on the south bank)!
If there’s one thing I do like about the map, it’s the line naming convention where the line letter comes the first letter of the corresponding colour in Italian. A = Ariancio (orange), C= Celeste (light blue), etc. Simple and sweet.
Our final word: Not great. Too schematic for its own good, confusing and unattractive. 1 star.
Source: Dolomitibus website
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