February 6, 2013

N.Y. MTA introduces interactive subway map

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has made the online map of the New York City Subway interactive. Now, without the need to open a separate PDF file, you can zoom in to enlarge any part of the map and expose details for easy viewing. Just scroll your mouse’s rollerball or click on the map’s zoom button. You can also click-and-hold your mouse button to drag the map with your mouse or click on pan buttons to change the section that’s visible.

As before, you can continue to click to download a PDF version of the map.

“The subway map is one of the most popular tools we provide on our website, and we want to make it as easy and convenient as possible for visitors to the city and New Yorkers alike to get the most out of the map online,” said Paul J. Fleuranges, sr. director, corporate and internal communications.

The interactive online map uses the latest version of the printed subway map, which indicates the continuing Hurricane Sandy-related service changes on the A line to the Rockaways, including the free H shuttle, and the South Ferry Station on the 1 line. This is the same map that is now being distributed by subway station agents in printed form.

Because of the evolving nature of post-storm subway service restorations, the MTA has been providing regularly updated service maps in PDF format since Superstorm Sandy. Previously, in addition to a PDF map, the MTA’s website had shown a static image of the subway map in GIF format that did not allow zooming or dragging.

The map window size has been optimized to provide the most viewing area possible for most users. It is 720 pixels wide by 900 pixels high.

By clicking on any of the subway route symbols shown above the map, you can pull up an individual line map listing the stops on each line and indicating what times of day trains stop at each.

The new map can be found by going to www.mta.info, then clicking on “maps” at the top of the screen, then clicking on “subway system.” Or follow this link: http://www.mta.info/maps/submap.html

Users of tablets and smartphones can access the online map as well with commands similar to the desktop version: pinch to zoom and swipe to scroll. From a mobile device, simply go to the MTA’s “On the Go” range of digital tools, and onthego.mta.info, or to the MTA’s mobile website, at m.mta.info.  

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