The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:08 AM EST

Even diehard New York City subway devotees will admit that keeping up with service changes on the system’s 36 lines and 472 stations is nearly impossible. But now there is hope: the new MTA Live Subway Map is a web-based visualization that shows subway service in real time, redrawing itself when lines or stations are down or trains are running on alternate lines. Created in partnership with digital agency Work & Co, the map is a design feat, retaining the iconic, four-decade-old look while bringing it up to the minute with live data. “What you’re seeing is actually the current state of the subway—you don’t need to read all those posters anymore,” says Work & Co design partner Felipe Memoria. —Jesse Will

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