Boston get their subway map redesigned for free

Over in the USA, Boston's public transport authority recently launched a competition to redesign the city's subway map.

For two months until the end of April this year, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was accepting submissions to transform the map's cramped layout (below) into a more user-friendly design.

The competition proved controversial due to the terms and conditions of entry stating that the transit authority owns the entire copyright of all submissions, which I'm sure many professional designers would have been chuffed to hear.

Entries to the competition are to be judged on their creativity, aesthetic quality, clarity and usefulness, and the winning designs were due to be announced as part of National Transportation Week.

A panel of MBTA employees, urban planners and mapping experts narrowed the submitted entries down to 6 maps they felt good enough be the next official MBTA guide. 

The six shortlisted entries can be seen here, while the penniless winner due to be announced anytime now.