The MTA has released a late-night version of the subway map so that now, on that rare occasion when you’re trying to get home drunk on a Thursday night, you will know exactly which trains you should avoid waiting for!
Said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, “This companion night map will, for the first time, depict service for a particular portion of the day. This is the latest effort we’ve taken to improve the availability of information and detail we provide to our customers.”
The MTA seems to be thinking about the new late night map as something between a collectors’ item and a practical guide — only 25,000 copies of the blue and gray map were printed, and they are only available at the New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Transit Museum Annex in Grand Central Terminal. The reverse side of the map is to be printed with a depiction of “City of Light,” a commissioned work of art by Romare Bearden that resides in a Bronx train station, and each time the MTA releases a new version of the night map, a different piece of artwork will be featured.
New Yorkers are lucky enough to live in the only city in the world that has a metropolitan transit system that runs 24 hours a day, but night service does have its drawbacks (and indeed, so does regular service). Past midnight, three subway lines don’t run at all, three turn into shuttles, six express trains run as locals, and one night-only shuttle appears. Since the regular yellow-and-blue subway map depicts regular daytime service, it can mislead people who need to travel between midnight and 6 a.m.
If you have any need to be traveling during those hours, consider picking one up. It’s also available as a PDF from the MTA website. While supplies last.