When researching rail transit in New York City, you might find maps to be a useful tool to better understand how rail transit has developed in this urban landscape. Some questions you might be asking yourself are:
This guide is designed to help you answer these questions as they pertain to subways, elevated rails, and surface tracks. In this guide, you will learn how to:
Please click the above tabs to learn more about how to generally use our catalogs to search for rapid transit maps, related cartographic materials for specific rail companies and recommended ways to search, how to search for commuting lines before the subway, and additional non-cartographic resources that can supplement the maps.
Image Source: Cover panel for Map of the underground railway of New York (greatest underground railway in the world) : showing its connections with the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad at Grand Central Station and at other points. 1905. NYPL Digital Collections Image ID 5073575
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