26 OCTOBER 2020
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The New York subway now has an excellent new map showing live train services reports our train expert Andrew Sharp. Click on a station and you can see the next few departures in real time.
The map is geographical: if you go into a high level of magnification, you can not only see street names, but also arrows indicating where the station exits are on the street grid.
At stations served by many lines, you cannot filter out the tracks you don’t want. If you are heading for 34th Street Penn Station and want an A Train to Howard Beach for JFK Airport, you can’t just get a list of the next few A trains – you get trains on all three lines in both directions.
At a high level of zoom, you can actually see trains approaching the station you select – a darker shade on the line indicates an arriving train.
This runs in conjunction with the Weekender – a network map showing which stations and lines are affected by engineering work at weekends. Clicking on a flashing station tells you what’s going on. You are given both a thumbnail sketch of what’s happening and when, and a more detailed report showing alternative routes to avoid disruption. You can move from ‘diagram view’ to a very detailed ‘neighbourhood view’.
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