MBTA Modernization

Architectural and graphic design standards for MBTA station modernization in Boston

Cambridge Seven Associates was responsible for the introduction of the MBTA’s now-famous “spider map,” which has since been replicated in countries around the world. In addition, the firm introduced Station Design Standards for the MBTA almost 50 years ago, and these standards have stood the test of time, providing guidelines for station modernization including architectural planning, circulation, materials, lighting, and station hardware. Working with the MBTA, new names and system color codes for each transit line, as well as graphic standards for maps and signage were developed. The Arlington subway station in downtown Boston was remodeled in 1968 as a materials test site and demonstration of the new design standards and components.

CultureNOW Podcast: MBTA Modernization Program

In this CultureNOW podcast, C7A Principal Charles Redmon explains the development of graphics and wayfinding standards for the MBTA. Cambridge Seven Associates was responsible for the introduction of the MBTA’s now-famous “spider map,” which has been replicated in countries around the world. …