Project T-Scape
The Wood Island Station is all brick archways and thick glass grids.
Sep 29

The Wood Island Station is all brick archways and thick glass grids.

The Airport station has a photographic homage to Amelia Earhart and Nancy Harkness Love, two early and celebrated women pilots. It is my favorite thing about the Airport T stop! Drawing all those bricks was a labor of love.
Sep 26

The Airport station has a photographic homage to Amelia Earhart and Nancy Harkness Love, two early and celebrated women pilots. It is my favorite thing about the Airport T stop! Drawing all those bricks was a labor of love.

Listening to this busker playing Spanish love songs while I drew was wonderful!
Sep 23

Listening to this busker playing Spanish love songs while I drew was wonderful!

It wouldn’t be the Aquarium stop without a trolly bus! And yes, there really was a man with a bow tie standing on the corner when I drew this!
Sep 22

It wouldn’t be the Aquarium stop without a trolly bus! And yes, there really was a man with a bow tie standing on the corner when I drew this!

transitmaps:

Fantasy Map: Mock-Up Boston MBTA Map Spotted in LA for Filming
Posted by Seiji Tanaka on his Twitter account, here’s a fictional MBTA map at an LA Metro station for film/TV shooting. The map is at the fictional “Rockwater” station on the equally fictional Yellow Line (replacing the real world Orange Line).
We’ve covered fictional transit maps from TV shows and movies before (this weird DC Metro map from the TV show “Leverage” springs to mind), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one where the prop designers have just downloaded and edited the official map, which is obviously what has happened here. What’s more, it’s been edited really badly.
The blue water and white background of the official map has been removed and the whole map has been placed on a grey/beige background instead… but all the white boxes behind bus route numbers and white keylines around the route lines that were used to separate them from other elements are still in place. Which means there’s a lot of weird, random white elements on the map for no apparent reason. There are also ferry routes, but no water for them to sail across.
Most of the commuter rail routes have been removed, but not all of the stations: Yawkey is just floating in the middle of the map by itself, for example, and interchange stations still retain their extra “blob” for commuter rail platforms.
The real-life Blue line is now Purple, the Green Line is now Blue (with all sorts of branch name errors) and the Orange Line is now Yellow. This line has also had all of its station names changed, mostly to very un-Bostonian names, like “San Jacomo” and “Cabrerra”. Is this the MBTA or Grand Theft Auto? To me, this suggests that this part of the map might feature a little more prominently in whatever scenes it is featured in.
Yes, I know that these maps tend to appear fleetingly in the background of whatever show they’re used in, so it’s a little unfair to subject them to the same scrutiny as a real transit map, but this one struck me as particularly odd, seeing as it’s so directly and obviously based off the official map (it even has the crossed-out station icon for Government Center).
P.S. Anyone know what TV show/movie this prop is from?
Sep 8

transitmaps:

Fantasy Map: Mock-Up Boston MBTA Map Spotted in LA for Filming

Posted by Seiji Tanaka on his Twitter account, here’s a fictional MBTA map at an LA Metro station for film/TV shooting. The map is at the fictional “Rockwater” station on the equally fictional Yellow Line (replacing the real world Orange Line).

We’ve covered fictional transit maps from TV shows and movies before (this weird DC Metro map from the TV show “Leverage” springs to mind), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one where the prop designers have just downloaded and edited the official map, which is obviously what has happened here. What’s more, it’s been edited really badly.

The blue water and white background of the official map has been removed and the whole map has been placed on a grey/beige background instead… but all the white boxes behind bus route numbers and white keylines around the route lines that were used to separate them from other elements are still in place. Which means there’s a lot of weird, random white elements on the map for no apparent reason. There are also ferry routes, but no water for them to sail across.

Most of the commuter rail routes have been removed, but not all of the stations: Yawkey is just floating in the middle of the map by itself, for example, and interchange stations still retain their extra “blob” for commuter rail platforms.

The real-life Blue line is now Purple, the Green Line is now Blue (with all sorts of branch name errors) and the Orange Line is now Yellow. This line has also had all of its station names changed, mostly to very un-Bostonian names, like “San Jacomo” and “Cabrerra”. Is this the MBTA or Grand Theft Auto? To me, this suggests that this part of the map might feature a little more prominently in whatever scenes it is featured in.

Yes, I know that these maps tend to appear fleetingly in the background of whatever show they’re used in, so it’s a little unfair to subject them to the same scrutiny as a real transit map, but this one struck me as particularly odd, seeing as it’s so directly and obviously based off the official map (it even has the crossed-out station icon for Government Center).

P.S. Anyone know what TV show/movie this prop is from?

I discovered that the Bowdoin T station has installations of enlarged historic drawings and etchings of Boston. The USS Constitution nerd in me needed to draw the one of ships arriving in Boston Harbor.
Aug 12

I discovered that the Bowdoin T station has installations of enlarged historic drawings and etchings of Boston. The USS Constitution nerd in me needed to draw the one of ships arriving in Boston Harbor.

That wraps up the c line, everyone! You can see Fenway off in the distance.
Blue line is coming soon!
Aug 8

That wraps up the c line, everyone! You can see Fenway off in the distance.

Blue line is coming soon!

This is one of my personal favorite sketches so far. It was Scooter City that day!
Aug 3

This is one of my personal favorite sketches so far. It was Scooter City that day!

At the Kent Street station, I sketched a bit of the the gorgeous building that is Temple Ohabei Shalom. It is the oldest Jewish congregation in Massachusetts. While I sat sketching, a little boy and his grandmother were waiting for the train. The boy saw that I was drawing the Temple and said, “If you go across the street and through those doors and up the stairs somewhere up there is my classroom!” I asked him what he was learning and he answered in Hebrew.
Aug 2

At the Kent Street station, I sketched a bit of the the gorgeous building that is Temple Ohabei Shalom. It is the oldest Jewish congregation in Massachusetts. While I sat sketching, a little boy and his grandmother were waiting for the train. The boy saw that I was drawing the Temple and said, “If you go across the street and through those doors and up the stairs somewhere up there is my classroom!” I asked him what he was learning and he answered in Hebrew.

I was going to finish this one the way I have finished most of the other T-scapes, but I realized I really like it just the way it is, sketchy blocks of color and all.
Jul 30

I was going to finish this one the way I have finished most of the other T-scapes, but I realized I really like it just the way it is, sketchy blocks of color and all.