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What a Geographically Accurate New York City Subway Map Looks Like

One cartographer has done the heavy lifting, and rail fans are pumped.
This cartographer has designed a geographically accurate map of the NYC subway.
This cartographer has designed a geographically accurate map of the NYC subway.Andrew Lynch

“The paradox about a map,” says Andrew Lynch, “is that it’s just as much about what is shown as what is not.” He would certainly know.

The CUNY Hunter graduate writes extensively on his own website about the transit system’s history and infrastructure, as well as his own ideas on how to improve service. About six months ago, he started drawing small to-scale sections of the subway to see if his ideas were even possible. “I quickly realized that I was going to want a full map to play with,” he says.