The New York Subway Diagram
N O T E S —
After a long hiatus, I have some updates in 5.33 :
A new subway transfer from TimesSquare to 42nd St (6th Ave)
was provided as part of the shuttle rebuild to two tracks
with longer trains. The LIRR has a new station at Elmont.
The LIRR to Grand Central is still supposed to open this year, and
test trains have run through. I'll believe it when I see it. Once
that is open, there is a serious proposal to run trains from Penn to
New Rochelle (and farther?) with some station stops in the Bronx, a
few years on. Repeating myself, I'll believe it when I see it.
Nothing new on the New Jersey side, to which development of a true
metropolitan system is still limited by the Hudson River.
The previous few updates:
- 5.32. January 2020. The 168th Street station reopened. The Newark
Light Rail stop Riverfront Stadium still exists even though the
stadium itself has been demolished.
- 5.31. January 2019. PATH between Exchange Place and World Trade
Center is closed on weekends until 2020. 168th Street (1 train) is
completely closed until 2020.
- 5.30. November 2018. I added the free transfer at the Church St
Cortlandt St station, which opened earlier in 2018.
- 5.29. September 2018. WTC Cortlandt is open on the site of the old
Cortlandt Street station that was destroyed in 2001.
- 5.28. May 2018. I'm late to the party on the Myrtle Ave reconstruction
being completed, but here it is, the M train back to normal. The big
change here is removing the ferry lines, because the number of routes
in the East River now exceeds what I can illustrate without major
revisions to the diagram. This is a railways diagram. I am still
showing all the ferry landings, and maybe next time I will think of a
brilliant way to show where the ferries go without drawing a large
number of lines in the water.
- 5.27. Sep 2017. Part of the Myrtle is back— an isolated section
in Glendale. The rest of the job now runs to next spring.
- 5.26. Jul 2017. Show the Myrtle Ave El as under construction. They are
replacing the connecting ramp off the Broadway El and maybe taking the
opportunity to do other work. This line will be more heavily used when
the L line is shut down for tunnel reconstruction.
- 5.25. Jun 2017. Added the South Brooklyn and Rockaway ferries.
- 5.24. Jan 2017. Arthur Kill station is open! And I removed the symbol for
subway lines under construction, since there aren't any.
- 5.23. Jan 2017. PATH is back full-time to 33rd St (mid December actually)
and— wonders never cease!— after 44 years of hard work
a segment of the Second Ave Subway is open! Over in Staten Island
the Arthur Kill station, two side platforms on flat open ground, has
been postponed again, so I'm optimistically calling it open 2017.
I made a distinction in ferry services between 7 days and 5 days, so
it is easier to tell what you can ride on your day off.
- 5.22. Aug 2016. PATH to 33rd St closed most weekends until December.
Also: The J line has run to Broad St fulltime for a year now. I missed it.
- 5.21. May 2016. Wesmont station on New Jersey Transit.
- 5.20. Sep 2015. New subway line! One mile to one new station,
34th St Hudson Yards! How was this marvel accomplished!
- 5.19. Dec 2014. PATH to World Trade is full-time again.
- 5.18. Sep 2014. The Montague St tunnel (R) is open again.
- 5.17. Aug 2014. The 7 train extension is delayed again, to 2015.
Fulltime M train as far as Essex St.
- 5.16. Mar 2014. Sandy again. PATH to WTC closed every weekend.
- 5.15. Aug 2013. Sandy strikes again. The Montague St Tunnel (R train) will
be closed for over a year, for repairs. The Crosstown line (G
train) will have some weekend closings caused by Sandy until
December, but I don't revise for relatively short term changes, so
that's not shown.
- 5.16. Mar 2014. Sandy once more. The PATH tubes to World Trade will be
closed every weekend for repairs, so that section is shown as part-time.
The date on LIRR to Grand Central is delayed again, either to 2021 (MTA
estimate) or 2023 (federal estimate). Construction of this 3.5 mile
route with one very large station began in 1969.
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
back in 2001. They’re getting pretty crusty by now
but you still might like them.