Moving to a new page!

Hello! It’s been more than a year since I’ve made a post on this blog, and I’d like to apologize for the delay; I’ve been working on making new maps after being inspired by the wonderful posts at Transit Maps on Tumblr. So, I have some announcements to make:

1. I’ve started a general New York transit map Tumblr blog. Most of my regular maps will be moving here, as well as the frequent transit maps I post.

2. All the Tomorrow’s Subway posts are stopped, at least for now. I’ve had a year to reflect on and refine my proposals, and at some point I’ll make a new post series on a revamped fantasy subway plan.

To start off, here’s a post from my Tumblr:

Map of 2030 New York City Subway

This is the culmination of a fairly long project to create a modern map based on George Salomon’s 1959 subway map, which was New York City’s first diagrammatic map. However, he was far more visionary than that; in a report he published for the MTA, he recommended a unified wayfinding system for the subway that would represent each trunk line as one color, which is the system we use today to represent subway routes. Unfortunately, the Tauranac map threw out the diagrammatic map, so I took it upon myself to create this.

The original map, while good, had many issues – tick marks and stops were off-centered, stops were unevenly spaced, geographic inaccuracies, etc. However, thanks to the wonders of digital art-making, I was able to fix all of these issues.

Stop spacing was standardized and condensed in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx, while the spacing in Queens was expanded (and made geographically accurate as well.) Trunk line names were replaced by the subway’s ubiquitous bullets. Airport routes were also included, as well as the system’s expansions since 1959 (the Chrystie St connection, the 63rd St tunnel, the Archer Av line, and the future 7 Line and 2nd Av extensions, in addition to the various transfers added and the spread of wheelchair accessibility across the system.)

A full link to the PDF can be found here.

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Ten Minute Network – Frequent Transit Map V3.1

 

Changes:

  • B9 service added
  • Southern Brooklyn redone for better diagrammatic look
  • Cleaning up of miscellaneous service labels, transfer boxes, etc.
  • Outline of the box is now black

Link to the full PDF is available here.

Posted in Frequent Maps

Ten Minute Network – Frequent Transit Map 3.0

This enormous behemoth is the product of a lot of frustration, determination, and tears. But here it is – the first, and as far as I know, only frequent transit map of the four boroughs.  This has taken the greater part of a month to make – it depicts every frequent transit route operated by NYCT and MTA Bus – every ten minutes or better, all day, Monday-Friday. At first this was supposed to be a simple diagram of the subway, to make Tomorrow’s Subway more polished. It somehow morphed into this.

The scale of this is astounding – originally, this was a quarter of the size it is now. However, due to legibility problems, it was blown up to its current size. If you print the PDF at full scale, it comes out to about 8 feet by 10.5 feet – definitely not something you want to carry around.with you on a normal basis. Perhaps it should’ve stayed as a separate map for each borough. Who knows?

The original plan for the general frequent transit map was to cut out a lot of routes by implementing a 10 minute standard (with 11 minute midday frequencies tolerated) and make something like this Montreal frequent transit map, with individual stops for every bus route. Due to the immense scale of the map, that went out the window first. Next to go were the PATH system in New Jersey and all of Staten Island – PATH was only going to be given a small section of the map anyways, and Staten Island only had one frequent transit route serving it, the S53 – not even the Ferry or the SIR ran 10 minutes all day. After that was the collection of one way avenues in Manhattan, to reduce clutter – that was replaced by a single line representing services running on the same street, which would’ve been much easier to simplify if the M5 didn’t have its odd routing on both 5th and 6th Avenues. Finally, due to a desire to finish the thing, street labels were put aside for a later date. Hopefully, at some point in time I will actually add the features listed here – the street labels, and maybe the stops, or at least just limited stops.

There are some serious geographical distortions – I don’t know how, but somehow the entire area around Coney Island got much bigger than it needed to be. Less noticeable are the geographical distortions around Randall’s Island, the Western Bronx, Eastern Queens, and Southern and Western Brooklyn.

If you spot an error, please feel free to point it out in the comments or in a private message – due to the immense scale of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if I made mistakes here and there – it’s impossible to see mistakes on a canvas that’s 8 by 10.5 feet. Any sort of other feedback would also be greatly appreciated.

Full link to the PDF here.

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Yet Another Manhattan Frequency Map

Manhattan Frequency Map

So it’s finally done! I’ve made a frequency map for every borough in the city.

This one was complex because of the density of services – unlike with the other maps, I couldn’t display separate lines for local and express service. There are also no one-way direction arrows (no room to put them anywhere), and no limited-stop circles (the actual Manhattan bus map doesn’t have limited-stops, only SBS stops, and in any case the limited-stops are only four blocks apart most of the time.)

Leave feedback in the comments below!

Manhattan Frequency Map

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Yet Another Brooklyn Frequency Map

Brooklyn Frequency Map

I’ve finally finished the Brooklyn Frequent Map! This one was the hardest so far – the hardest thing is not drawing the lines, but it’s presenting transfer points in a clear, legible way, which I’ve tried to do here.

Some sacrifices had to be made – most noticeably, the map doesn’t show Brooklyn’s extensive one-way pairs. If it had any more lines running across central and Downtown Brooklyn, the map wouldn’t be legible. I won’t do this for the Manhattan map (if I make one – the transfers will be a pain @__@)

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Brooklyn Frequency Map

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Yet Another Bronx Frequency Map

Bronx Frequency Map

I’ve now redone a third borough’s frequency maps! The Bronx’s was actually quite complicated – in keeping with the other updated Frequency maps, I decided to list all of the connecting trains and buses in Manhattan. Services in the Bronx are extremely densely-packed together, and there are quite a lot of services, so if the map is cluttered, my apologies. This is about as geographically accurate as a schematic map gets, though.

Got any questions or comments? Post feedback below!

Bronx Frequency Map

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Yet Another Staten Island Frequency Map

Staten Island Frequency Map

Part II of the new Frequency Maps: the Staten Island Frequency map!

Surprisingly, this was more tedious to work with than the Queens Frequency Map o__O

Enjoy, and leave feedback in the comments below!

Staten Island Frequency Map

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