New Subway Map is Here
For the first time in over a decade, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is unveiling a new edition of the one map every New Yorker and tourist should possess. The new simplified version of the NYC Subway map, rescaled and with new colors, will make its debut to coincide with subway service changes that take effect June 27.
The MTA has ordered 1.5 million copies for distribution this month, with 6 million copies a year expected to be printed.
The challenges in representing the most complex subway system in the world are clear, but the MTA's goal in redesigning the map was a simple one – clarity.
"In its desire to be complete and provide a great deal of information, the previous map took away from some of the clarity you would have with something simpler and less cluttered," said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder.
There are some changes riders will notice. Manhattan will become wider so it's less cluttered in spots like midtown and lower Manhattan where the bulk of subway lines traverse. Staten Island, meanwhile, is displayed as an inset.
A simple street grid with notable popular attractions and neighborhoods remains to enable riders to better gauge their location when exiting the subway system.
To improve contrast, the taupe background changed tone, and subway lines gained a gray shadow.
For the first time, maps in subway cars will be different. Bus destination "balloons" were eliminated and the station fonts made larger for easier reading on a moving subway car. Maps located in stations will still have the "balloons" while pocket maps will have abbreviated "balloons."