The Vignelli subway map of the future

In a post yesterday on Curbed, I re-worked several maps to incorporate planned – but unbuilt – subway routes. The inspiration came from Joseph Raskin’s book The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System, in which the author, the assistant director of government and community relations for New York City Transit, digs through old maps and newspaper articles to see what might have been. (Sound familiar?)

Of course, I used the Vignelli diagram for one alternative, showing the Second Avenue Subway proposal from 1948. It’s slightly different from the current plan: it extends to Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and heads over the Manhattan Bridge on its way south.

I had previously featured this bowl of rainbow spaghetti in my diagram showing only accessible stations, and I thought it would be fun to edit it again to show the actual planned future routes of our city: SAS, the 7 train extension to Javits Center, East Side Access.

I don’t have Metro-North going to Penn Station quite yet, since it’s not in the books; actually, that would take some serious editing, as “Metro-North” won’t fit in the space between the A/C/E and 1/2/3.


Vignelli MTA diagram with future routes

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