New York & New Jersey subway map, displaying Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR), NYC Subway, PATH, and the Staten Island Railway. Developed by Stewart Mader to promote transit and strengthen the economic, cultural, and geographic ties between New York & New Jersey, the map’s design is based on the existing New York City Subway Map in use since 1979. Seen by over 1.8 billion annual transit riders, it is one of the most widely recognized in the world, which makes it a cultural asset that frames how people understand the urban area. Displaying PATH, HBLR, and the NJ waterfront on the map is a low-cost, high-impact opportunity to illustrate just how conveniently the two sides of the Hudson are linked by rapid transit.
Subway maps in New York City have a long history of including the Hudson Waterfront and subway connections between New York and New Jersey, as well as other transit connections in the vicinity of the five boroughs.
As late as the 1960s, the PATH trains did appear on the subway map, albeit in a different colour to the main system. Resurrecting this combined effort could be an easy win for the city authorities, Mader argues, expanding the functional area of the city for many residents at almost no cost. “We live in an era when capital construction is expensive. But ‘expansion’ doesn’t have to mean building a new line – it can come from giving a clearer map.” By making the map himself, Mader told us, he hoped to demonstrate to the MTA quite how easy it would be to actually, well, make this map. –One man’s mission to put New York’s secret subway back on the map, by John Elledge, CityMetric
Mader has created a rendering of the new map himself, and his website Subway NY NJ holds his entire proposal. The idea is an inexpensive one, Mader claims, “it’s meant to be the kind of regional thinking and cooperation that wouldn’t cost the agencies much in terms of time or money, especially compared to capital projects.” –NJ Man Leads Fight To Feature PATH Trains Prominently On The NYC Subway Map, by Jen Carlson, Gothamist
The PATH is as much a part of New York’s transport system as the DLR in London, or the S-Bahn in Berlin. It shares four stations with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) subway system; crosses the Hudson through two tunnels (one from the Village, the other from the Battery); and provides frequent services to Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark. –One man’s mission to put New York’s secret subway back on the map, by John Elledge, CityMetric
Transit maps in other cities display multiple services, regardless of whether they are run by multiple agencies. For example, the Philadelphia Rail Transit Map shows rapid transit services provided by two agencies: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which operates most lines, and Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the PATCO Line connecting Philadelphia with Camden and several other points in New Jersey. In Berlin, Germany, the two agencies that run public transit services appear together on the city’s official transit map.
65% of respondents said yes to an NJ.com poll asking Do you want NJ included on NYC’s subway map? Riders interviewed at the MTA’s Fulton Street Subway Station expressed support for the Subway NY NJ map.