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Manhattan will become taller, bulkier and 30 percent wider, to better
display its spaghetti of subway lines. Staten Island, meanwhile, will
shrink by half. The spreadsheetlike “service guide,” along the map’s
bottom border, will be eliminated, and the other three boroughs will
grow to fill the space.
A separate, stripped-down map will also be produced, to be displayed only inside subway cars. Neighborhood names, parks, ferries and bus connections will not appear on this version, making for a less cluttered composition that may be easier to read over a fellow rider’s shoulders.
The authority says its goal is improved clarity — but the redesigned map also marks the latest salvo in a long debate over how to best represent a complex system that can bedevil tourists and natives alike.