MTA Wants to Help Subway Riders Find Their Way Above Ground

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The neighborhood maps the MTA places in subway stations are getting a major reboot, for the first time in 20 years.

The new maps are modeled after maps the city uses in its pedestrian wayfinding signs and at Citi Bike kiosks. They offer a close-up view of the station's location and its surrounding blocks, including points of interest nearby. Each covers a radius of about 12 city blocks, and includes walking distances to popular locations in the area.

Terrance Kalloo checks out a new neighborhood subway map at the Nostrand Avenue A and C station (Annmarie Fertoli, WNYC).

Terrence Kalloo, from Bedford-Stuyvesant, was checking out the new map at the Nostrand Avenue A and C station. He said the maps appear to simplify things.

"What I am seeing is a grid system. It's very simple. Once you figure out where you are, it's much easier to determine where you want to go," said Kalloo.

As for the one thing he said is missing? "A little color. It's a little too gray for me."

Other commuters noticing the maps for the first time also seemed impressed.

Wendy Jennings pointed out that the new map is much easier to decipher than the city bus map next to it.

"You're seeing the bus lines, you're seeing where you are, and kind of like, significant points to orient yourself," she said.

Even out-of-towners seemed to like it. Brenda Thompson, of Washington, D.C., was visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant for the first time.

"It's very helpful for new people, because the locals of course already have this memorized," she said.

The MTA is installing the new maps in all 468 subway stations.

An example of WalkNYC, New York's new wayfinding signage, which the new MTA neighborhood maps are modeled after (Kate Hinds, WNYC).

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Similar signage is also used at Citi Bike kiosks (Kate Hinds, WNYC).