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Limited Quantities Available of our First Late Night Map

We've released the first-ever map showing the scheduled overnight service of the subway system, when three subway lines don't run, three lines become shuttle trains, six express trains run as locals, and a night-only shuttle appears. The map has a gray background color to prevent confusion with the normal subway map.

The New York City Subway is the only large subway or metro system in the world to maintain service to all its stations around the clock. The overnight service shown in the night map runs generally from midnight to 6 a.m., although certain lines' overnight service patterns depicted in the map may begin or end slightly earlier or later than these times.

MTA Subway Night Map detail

The MTA has printed 25,000 copies of the map in tandem with its normal press run of a million copies of the standard subway and railroad map. The night map is available free of charge while supplies last at the New York Transit Museum, at Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and at the Transit Museum Annex in Grand Central Terminal. The night map, developed in-house by the MTA, is the same size as the standard map and similarly folds into a handy pocket-sized document. In addition to the folded version, 300 pristine, unfolded press sheets of the night map are available for purchase at the Transit Museum Annex for $20 each. It has also been posted to the MTA's website as a PDF, and can be viewed by clicking here.

The reverse side of the map shows a work commissioned for MTA Arts for Transit, "City of Glass," a faceted glass piece by Romare Bearden installed in the Westchester Square station in the Bronx in 1993. For each subsequent night map in the series, a new artwork will adorn the reverse side. The theme for 2012 is "night." In "City of Glass," jewel-like colored glass reveals a train wending its way through the canyons of towers and tenements under a full luminous moon. It is a moving work of art in brilliant color, filled with the vibrancy, excitement, and energy of the city, and is Bearden's only glass art installation.

"The standard subway map depicts morning to evening weekday service," said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. "This companion night map will, for the first time, depict service for a particular portion of the day. This is the latest effort we've taken to improve the availability of information and detail we provide to our customers."

"We've never had a map showing late night service," says Chuck Gordanier, senior marketing manager, who came up with the idea for the map and managed its development. "If you needed service information, there is station signage, but only for that station. This map gives you all of the nighttime service in one place." Gordanier, who manages the MTA's subway map, worked with NYC Transit's Operations Planning Department to ensure accuracy of the information. He started the project in summer 2011. The original idea called for simply putting the map on the web for downloading. However, as the time neared to posting the Night Map online, the MTA was getting ready to reprint the regular map (which is done several times a year), and the idea of printing a limited run at the same time was born.

Customers using trains at night should use Trip Planner+ at MTA.info and MTA.info mobile, which also takes into account all planned work diversions.