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See you there: “The Subway Map: The Last 50 Years, The Next 50 Years”

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 will mark the 111th anniversary of the opening of the New York City subway on October 27, 1904. After 111 years, the Rudin Center will join with historians and designers at The Cooper Union for a public symposium discussing the evolution of New York City’s subway map. Admission is free, please RSVP here.


  • R. Raleigh D’Adamo, whose innovative map for the Transit Authority (TA) led the TA to jettison their long-standing three-colour mapping scheme, and to adopt a scheme in which each route is colour-coded. The same concept is still used today.
  • John Tauranac, who led the 1970s committee that created the quasi-geographic subway map that has lasted (with some changes, additions and deletions) for 35 years.
  • Peter B Lloyd, historian of the subway map and author of Vignelli: Transit Maps (RIT Press, 2012).
  • Eddie Jabbour, principal of Kick Design, a branding agency. With his son Dan, he designed the KickMap transit app, which has had more than a million downloads and has been featured in several books on information design and mapping.
  • Joe Brennan, renowned for his scholarship on the subway, who has for twenty years been maintaining a subway map that has garnered much praise.
  • Sarah M. Kaufman, Assistant Director for the Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. She formerly worked at the MTA, where she led the Open Data program and created a conference and online exchange between the MTA and software developers. That program provides the foundation for the many subway map apps for mobile devices that are now on the market.
  • For more information and an event program, please click here.

    Image (c) Reka Komoli & Raleigh D’Adamo.

    What We’re Reading This Week

    It’s October! We’re excited about what’s coming up this month, including next Monday’s “Making Transportation Safer and More Efficient in NYC” event with Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and upcoming workshops and field trips with our 2015 Emerging Leaders in Transportation. Without further ado, here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

    Photo by: m01229/Flickr

    Politico: NYU urban planners counter pope-visit gridlock predictions

    “Despite predictions in the news media that a paroxysm of gridlock will grip New York City during Pope Francis’ visit, urban planning expert Mitchell Moss is offering an alternative to “the lunatics on Fox News”: We’ll be fine.

    “New York City will function quite well with the Pope in town,” Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School, told POLITICO New York in an email. “NYC is not Philadelphia where they are closing interstates and towing cars already.”

    Moss and his colleagues Sam Levy, Jorge Hernandez, Jeff Ferzoco and Sarah M. Kaufman prepared a two-page brief with a map of the pope’s itinerary and the relative severity of delays for car travel, subways, buses and bikes.”

    Read more here.

    What We’re Reading This Week

    What we’ve read online this week:

    • Super-commuting takes hold for more workers (Link)
    • Is Uber really about the transport? (Link)
    • Once again, the 7 train takes the top spot in subway rankings (Link)
    • Urban streetscape redesigns: before and after (Link)
    • Mayoral leadership and the 7 train opening  (Link)
    • Tour the Second Avenue Subway construction via drone (Link)
    • Peace of mind for walking home with this new app (Link)

    Photo by: Linh Nguyen                                                                                                       Post by: Sean Lewin (signing off from his internship today. Thanks for your fantastic work, Sean!)

    What We’re Reading This Week

    What we’ve read online:

    • With school back in session, a crackdown on lead-foot drivers (Link)
    • E-hails are legal, judge rules (Link)
    • Pilot for bus-mounted bike racks begins in Staten Island (Link)
    • In China, opting to kill pedestrians over maiming them (Link)
    • The bus system that has saved South Africa millions (Link)
    • 7 train extension set to open Sunday (Link)
    • Fun facts about the 7 line branching out to 11th ave (Link)

    Photo above by: Nekenasoa                                                                                          Post by: Sean Lewin

    What We Read Last Week

    What we read online last week:

    • Mapmaking: A future $100 billion business (featuring NYU Rudin Center alum Chris Whong) (Link)
    • An app built to help the taxi industry compete in e-hails (Link)
    • Vision Zero’s positive progress (Link)
    • Bike Valets: The new office perk? (Link)
    • Should Uber fares help subsidize the MTA? (Link)
    • Cheaper gas and a stronger job market may be contributing to a nationwide increase in traffic? (Link)
    • Paris will stop all traffic for one day in September (Link)
    • “Manspreading” is now officially a word, according to Oxford Dictionaries (Link)

    Photo above by: Danny Kim                                                                                            Post By: Sean Lewin

    What We’re Reading This Week

    What we’ve read online this week:

    • “A handful of topless women should not be the basis for removing the pedestrian plazas that have transformed Times Square.” – Mitchell Moss on De Blasio’s consideration of removing the neighborhood’s pedestrian plaza (Link)
    • Gateway tunnel project is in need of aid from both NY and NJ governors (Link)
    • Williamsburg to host city’s first bike-in movie featuring “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (Link)
    • What are your real NYC neighborhood’s borders? Sketch them out on DNAInfo. (Link)
    • How Americans commute to work in major cites (Link)

    Photo Above, “Woman Threading through Traffic because Cars Are Blocking the Box,” from WNYC’s excellent Real New Yorkers Stock Photos collection.

    Post By: Sean Lewin

    What We’re Reading This Week

    What We’ve Read Online:

    • Schumer proposes plan to save Amtrak and NJ Transit riders in his speech at the NYU Rudin Center (Link)
    • Some of Manhattan’s uptown residents are not welcoming Citi Bike with open arms (Link)
    • Subway delays have increased on most lines, according to one study (Link)
    • Uber boosts its political savvy (Link)
    • Rethinking NYC’s buses (Link)
    • Outer space transportation: NASA’s new web app simulates control of the Mars Rover (Link)

    Photo above by: Ian Muttoo                                                                                           Post by: Sean Lewin

    Senator Chuck Schumer spoke at the Rudin Center

    Senator Chuck Schumer​ visited the NYU Rudin Center today to outline a plan for new Hudson River tunnels, including the establishment of a Gateway Development Corporation with multi-stream federal financing.

    What We’re Reading This Week

    What We’ve Read This Week:

    • “The city’s for-hire vehicle cap is a terrible idea, and not just because of how it will hamstring Uber” (Link)
    • Can taxi carpooling help reduce NYC congestion?  (Link)
    • BART’s system may have become too complicated for locals to use (Link)
    • A look inside the MTA’s ancient control system (Link)
    • Citi Bike arrives in Queens (Link)
    • Map: NYC subway deserts (the areas not reachable by subway) (Link)
    • How significant was New York’s LaGuardia problem? (Link)

    Photo Above By: Robert Couse-Baker                                                                     Post By: Sean Lewin