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New NYC Subway Map Elegantly Inspired By Concentric Circles

Roberts, a psychologist who lectures at the University of Essex in the U.K., focuses his studies on schematic mapping and wayfinding information. He designs maps and conducts studies to see how usable they are (he’s consulted for Transport for London, the transit agency that runs the Underground). He created a London tube map based on concentric circles for fun earlier this year and has now created one for NYC.

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Dec 28, 2013

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Dec 14, 2013

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Maybe our transit system could look this nice if it had money.

Dubai actually overtook Vancouver for longest, driverless Metro. Vancouver started in 1986. Dubai’s started in 2009. 

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Sep 11, 2013

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The Unique Genius of Hong Kong’s Public Transportation System

New Yorkers are famous for complaining about the city’s subway: despite an ever-increasing rise in fares, service never seems to get any better. And even still, ticket-sales still only funds part of the New York City subway system; the city still relies on supplementary taxes and government grants to keep trains running, as fares only cover about 45 percent of the day-to-day operating costs. Capital costs (system expansions, upgrades, and repairs) are an entirely different question, and require more state and federal grants as well as capital market bonds. And New York’s system is not unique: as in other cities, New York struggles to pay existing expenses and must go into debt to pay for upgrades, that is, without raising prices.

Is this problem intractable? Not exactly. Take Hong Kong for example: The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, which manages the subway and bus systems on Hong Kong Island and, since 2006, in the northern part of Kowloon, is considered the gold standard for transit management worldwide. In 2012, the MTR produced revenue of 36 billion Hong Kong Dollars (about U.S $5 billion)—turning a profit of $2 billion in the process. Most impressively, the farebox recovery ratio (the percentage of operational costs covered by fares) for the system was 185 percent, the world’s highest. Worldwide, these numbers are practically unheard of—the next highest urban ratio, Singapore, is a mere 125 percent.

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