The New York Subway Diagram

by Joseph Brennan

The latest version, 5.22,
published August 9, 2016, is a PDF file.


The December 1990 version,
published December 2015, is a PDF file.


The December 1985 version,
published January 2016, is a PDF file.


The December 1980 version,
published January 2016, is a PDF file.


The December 1975 version,
published January 2016, is a PDF file.


October 2: Should I mark New Jersey Transit to Hoboken Terminal as not open? Since the crash on September 29 the three northern routes have terminated at Secaucus lower (Main, Bergen, and Pascack Valley), the Morris and Essex goes only to Penn Station, and the outer Boonton line is worked as a shuttle from Montclair State out. It looks like it will be a few more days before the roof and train are removed, and then the structural engineers can guess when to give an all-clear on public access. But light rail is open at Hoboken, and how else can you get to it now without going through the terminal building? So maybe the northern routes can come back before much longer, using tracks 7 and up (the crash was on 5).

Look back 25 years: Subway Map as of December 1990. Drawn in 2015, this uses a slightly variant style to save me doing those pesky dashed lines for part-time service.

I wonder why I do this, but here is also Subway Map as of December 1985. Please allow me using a symbol for the JFK Express instead of figuring out a graphical way of showing a train with select stops and a train that ran in the subway but required a special higher fare.

The madness continues with a Subway Map as of December 1980, another Subway Map as of December 1975. Look out: I might do more.

I am dating each of these as December, so that anything that opened that year is shown, and anything that closed that year is gone. Notice also that these are subject to change. When I uploaded 1975 I also updated all the ones of later date.

The last few updates:

Older update notes are here. Dig the old-school HTML coding.

If you want to get an idea of the process involved in making this diagram and the obsessions of an amateur graphic designer, think hard about it, and then if you are sure, check my blog for posts named Making a Subway Map starting here in June 2010.

Among other things I wrote about the issue of how much service detail to show on the overall system map. I don't want to repeat all that here, but I'm still thinking about it. That's why the subway letters and numbers showed up in 5.02, and went away in 5.03. For that matter I had never shown the names of the mainline railroad routes. In 5.06 I have again shown the subway letters and numbers, and added also the names of mainline railroad routes.

A portion of the old Subway Diagram features in Mark Ovenden’s book Transit Maps of the World, published by Penguin, October 30, 2007. If you are here looking at my diagram, you’ll probably want to be looking at his book too. The new 2015 edition no longer includes my map, but it's still pretty good.

I created pages about Abandoned Stations back in 2001. They’re getting pretty crusty by now but you still might like them.