The New York Subway Diagram

by Joseph Brennan

The latest version, 5.20,
published September 12, 2015, is a PDF file.

1990

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

1985

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

1980

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

1975

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

N O T E S

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 and another Subway Map as of December 1975.

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.