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Vignellia€™s now-classic New York City subway map was first introduced in 1972, following his work on the signage system in the late 1960s. We spoke with Paul Shaw, author of Helvetica and the New York Subway System, back in February on the topic. In 1979, Vignellia€™s linear map was replaced with a moreA traditional-style topographical map.
All New York subway maps have tried to convey all the information on a single map, with the result of making semantic overlaps, and a very fragmented and visually unpleasant map.
This summer, New York Citya€™s Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled its first major subway map redesign in over a decade.A Is todaya€™s new subway map the Holy Grail?
New York-based design duo David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler of Triboro Design make it worka€”and they do it all in one single color. One goal was to try to make the landmasses and geography more true to life than the current MTA map and establish a stronger sense of typographic hierarchya€¦ Initially we tried making the subway lines very stronga€”which is a typical feature of most subway mapsa€”but this made the map extremely difficult to decipher.
As beautiful (and functional) as this map is, ita€™s not likely to replace the official MTA map anytime soon. The Kick Map is designed to get more people to ride New York City's subway systema€¦ A well-designed map not only welcomes and empowers novices to use the subway but also encourages additional use for regular a€?home-to-work-onlya€™ commuters to use the subway for recreational destinations where they might otherwise take a car. Jabboura€™s map even caught the (brief) attention of the MTA in 2007, but was soon dismissed for being geographically inaccurate.
New York Daily News Major progress for new Second Avenue subway line and East Side Access Progress for new Second Avenue subway line Construction for the new Second Avenue subway and East Side Access has been underway for some time now, but New York City commuters can rejoice because recent photos from the site reveal major progress.
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The links below go directly to the relevant line maps, subway advisory and schedule pages on the MTA website.
USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated an extension of the Subway’s 7-Flushing Line on September 13.
MTA says that the new station is the first to comply with ADA requirements for persons with reduced mobility.
The $2·42bn extension was funded by the City of New York, which contributed $2·1bn for the station and $266m for non-Subway infrastructure; $53m came from the MTA. But not because Manhattan is too small, ita€™s because they want to put too much information that doesna€™t belong in the diagram. The only way to provide clear information is to have both an abstract system map and a geographical map as separate complementary maps.
The verbal map, for example, was only implemented from one station while the neighborhood map was implemented in a few stations.

Triboroa€™s one-color map builds upon the Vignelli-style map, retainingA all of the content from todaya€™s map including the service guide, the city streets, and the various bus and ferry connections.
The Kick Map aims to resolve the 50-year debate between diagrammatic and topographic mapping, with a design that combines the best of both worlds.A Unlike the Vignelli map, where stations and lines are distorted for pure graphic harmony, the Kick Map attempts to be geographically accurate while still standardizing angles whenever possible.
For this reason the design of the subway map can directly influence ridership numbers and can indirectly have an effect on New York's traffic congestion and pollution.
Does Mies van der Rohe's mantra a€?Less is morea€™ hold up or does the consumer, especially in the information age, need more? We like to talk about graphic design, branding, typography, and sometimes we might post a video or two.
There are two inclined lifts between the upper and lower mezzanine levels, each with capacity for five wheelchairs or 15 standing passengers.
The station features 12 emergency intercom points, as well as 24 screens on the lower mezzanine that display advertising and travel information.
The HLH7 joint venture of Hill International, LiRo Engineers and HDR provided construction management and project control services.A detailed feature on the tunnelling work on the extension appears in the March 2014 issue of Metro Report International, available to subscribers in the digital archive.
Ita€™s been over 30 years since the Italian designera€™s New York subway map was axed, but ita€™s still a passionate issue. We decided to deemphasize the subway lines, making them so light that they almost disappear. In short, a better-designed subway map will make our subway system more open and accessible. On the other hand, ita€™s 2010 and with technology like Google Maps and mobile apps (includingA someA which even tells us which subway car to get on) perhaps the printed subway map is a thing of the past? Grab our RSS feed and follow us on Twitter where we post the extra bits that don't make it here. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has finished an in-depth analysis of the work schedule, budget and potential hurdles for the long-awaited addition to the system, sources told the News. Eight ‘On-the-Go’ touchscreen travel information kiosks and wi-fi are to be installed ‘in the near future’, and countdown clocks are to accompany the installation of communications-based train control on the line, due in 2017.
What about, for instance, the fact that the Vignelli map represented Central Park as a square, when in fact it is three times as long as it is wide? The back of the map which used to show each subway line in a Vignelli-like manner as route strips now has a commuter map of the New York metropolitan region.
The stops then come to the foreground and viewers can connect the dots (so to speak) with their eyes, tracing and revealing individual subway lines. This East Side Access and the Second Avenue subway line will ease the commute into midtown Manhattan and along the East Side.
The conclusion: the official completion date for phase one of the project should be pushed from June 2015 to December 2016, with possible future delays placing the opening in the summer of 2017, the sources said.

If you're underground, of course, it doesn't matter: there simply aren't as many stops along Central Park as there are in midtown, so it requires less map space.
The emphasis now is on the entire MTA (which is much more than the subway),a€? explains Shaw. I wouldn't say that our one-color map is easy to use but we think it is surprisingly functional. And, the Long Island Rail Road's extension to Grand Central Terminal - most recently set to be finished in February 2015 - is now expected to be ready for use in September 2016, according to sources familiar with the analysis.
But what if, for whatever reason, you wanted to get out at 59th Street and take a walk on a crisp fall evening?
Imagine your surprise when you found yourself hiking for hours on a route that looked like it would take minutes on Vignelli's map. I think part of this is bowing to the economic realities of what money is available and when." Phase one will feature new stations along Second Ave. MTA officials have estimated more than 200,000 straphangers will ride the new rails on the East Side right off the bat. Operating as an extension of the Q line in Manhattan, southbound trains will pick up passengers at 63rd St. Trains will then run west under Central Park and eventually head south to the existing Q station at 57th Street St. Southbound trains will make express stops at stations along Seventh Avenue and Broadway before going over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn.
The original schedule for the first phase projected a 2012 completion date but MTA officials have pushed the date back several times over the years - most recently in March 2008. Officials then cited higher than expected construction costs, which required design and planning changes. Paterson last week expressed exasperation with major MTA projects when he announced management consultant Jay Walder was his pick to replace former chief executive Elliot Sander who stepped down earlier in the year.
Paterson said the new leadership, plus a long-term funding solution to the underfunded capital construction plan, would result in "wiser" decisions and projects "completed on time and on budget." The federal government also has been frustrated with the MTA's handling of some aspects of the project. In November, the FTA Regional Administrator Brigid Hynes-Cherin complained there was a "lack of leadership" when the MTA "took an excessive amount of time" to fill the top-level vacancies at the construction division, including the presidency.

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