Monday, December 21, 2009

Interstate/Underground

The blog at Good has a map of the US interstate highway system on the model of the London tube map:

US interstate system as tube map

A detail:

interstate map detail

Nice map, but I don't think Kent is the most important city between San Antonio and Las Cruces.

The author of this map cited a couple other interstate maps as inspiration, including this one by Chris Yates:

interstate system simplified

More inspiration here and here.

19 comments:

ndmike said...

Agreed re: the missing city in Texas. If The Dalles, Ore., get's it's own "stop" on I-84, surely El Paso, Tex., which has more than 62x the population, deserves a stop on I-10, too. I'm also curious why the author didn't list Laredo's border twin, like he did for Nogales, etc.

Still, it's beautiful, if not wholly accurate.

Chaosboy said...

Hey, thanks for featuring my diagram!

As I understand it, I-35 actually stops short of the Mexican border (at traffic lights) and access to Mexico is via local/surface roads. In the other instances, the Interstate continues right up to and across the border without having to switch roads.

The Dalles: purely because there's more room to show cities on the western half of the map... the system's not as complex there.

El Paso: there's definitely an argument for inclusion, but it's very close to Las Cruces, which takes priority in my hierarchy as a junction city.

Because that's the thing about this diagram - population or size of a city has no importance whatsoever. It's all about connections. The largest dots are where two "major" highways meet, then medium dots for major meeting minor, then a tiny dot for two minor ones meeting.

And this explains the seeming over-importance of Kent: not a big town, but two "major" Interstates (I-10 and I-20) meet there.

And don't even get me started on Pittsburgh! :-) Large town, but it's not actually on any two-digit Interstate... so it simply isn't on this diagram. No connections = invisible.

For those that are interested, prints of this diagram are available for sale at: http://www.chaoslove.com/interstatemap/

Cheers,

Cameron

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