I’m sorry but this is one of the worst infographics that GOOD Magazine has ever published. It attempts to explain the current public transportation crisis in the United States using the iconic subway map architecture as a model. The infographic is separated into 3 main sections: job losses, service cuts, and fare hikes. And instead of telling the viewer important information like how many jobs were lost or how much money was cut or how much fares rose, the infographic simply states that these events happened to various systems in the US. Big whoop. Of course they happened in the US, otherwise you wouldn’t be making a chart about it would you?

In the end, all this graph really tells you is how many people ride various transportation systems in the US (which honestly, I think could be handled better than using fat lines and skinny lines — especially if the numbers are already stated in numerical form).

Who approved this colorful mess?