The New York Subway Diagram
by Joseph Brennan
The latest version, 5.13,
published April 19, 2013, is a PDF file.
N E W S — October 3, 2010:
I have finally redrawn the thing in Illustrator.
If you want to get an idea of the process involved and the obsessions of an amateur graphic designer, think hard about that, 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 never showed the names of the mainline railroad routes.
Now in 5.06 I have again shown the subway letters and numbers, and now also I show 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. (It’s a revised edition of Metro Maps of the World, 2006, which was not published in the USA and did not include my diagram.)
Here’s an old page of notes about the design and each version.
I created pages about Abandoned Stations back in 2001. They’re getting a little crusty by now but you still might like them.