Manhattan will become taller, bulkier and 30 percent wider, to better display its spaghetti of subway lines. Staten Island, meanwhile, will shrink by half. The spreadsheetlike “service guide,” along the map’s bottom border, will be eliminated, and the other three boroughs will grow to fill the space.
A separate, stripped-down map will also be produced, to be displayed only inside subway cars. Neighborhood names, parks, ferries and bus connections will not appear on this version, making for a less cluttered composition that may be easier to read over a fellow rider’s shoulders.
The authority says its goal is improved clarity — but the redesigned map also marks the latest salvo in a long debate over how to best represent a complex system that can bedevil tourists and natives alike.
THE NEW MTA MAP
A COMPARISON OF HOW MANHATTAN LOOKS
IN THE MTA MAPS FROM 1939 - 2010
AND HOW MANHATTAN ACTUALLY LOOKS
A COMPARISON OF THE OLD 1998 MTA NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY MAP
AND THE NEW 2010 MTA NYC SUBWAY MAP