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Mapping Local and Commuter Rail Transit in NYC: Metro-North

This guide covers how to research for maps related to subways and railroads in New York City within the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal's Map Division.

Quick Facts

  • Commuter rail map : Metro-North--Harlem, Hudson, New Haven, Port Jervis, and Pascack Valley lines, Long Island Rail Road : 1984 / Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Map Div. 88-5290Metro-North is an abridged name for Metro-North Commuter Railroad
  • Years of Note:
    • 1968: New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged under Penn Central Transportation Company, later known as Penn Central. Part of this merger required that the company also acquire the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad. 
    • 1976: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) was created by the U.S. Government to manage Penn Central - alongside Central Railroad Company of New Jersey, Erie Lackawanna Railway Company, Lehigh and Hudson River Railway Company, Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, Pennsylvania Railroad-Reading Seashore Lines, and the Reading Company.
    • 1983: After the passing of the Northeast Rail Service Act of 1981, MTA created and began operation of Metro-North in order to operate the Conrail commuter lines associated with the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Line.

Image Source: Commuter rail map : Metro-North--Harlem, Hudson, New Haven, Port Jervis, and Pascack Valley lines, Long Island Rail Road : 1984 / Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Map Div. 88-5290

How to Search the Catalog for Metro-North Maps

Online Research Catalog

When using the Online Research Catalog:

  • In the Advanced Search function, checkmark "Cartographic" under Format.
  • If you are interested in finding maps created by the MTA related to Metro-North, we recommend the following searches:
  • Not all maps that include Metro-North routes were created by the rapid transit company itself. Commercial, government, and other rapid transit companies would also showcase these local transit lines on their maps. As such, to include these maps in your search results, we recommend the following searches in the Keyword field:
  • Many of the current MTA subway maps have a map of the Metro-North routes on the verso. To locate these subway maps by the MTA, we recommend the following search into the Author field:
  • Please note that you can have narrow your search to more specific results by combining the above search terms with any of the terms listed in the "Terms to Search in the Online Research Catalog" portion of this guide's Using Our Catalogs page.

Current Metro-North Maps

To find the most updated Metro-North Map, we highly recommend reviewing the  MTA Website, specifically their Maps Page. Under "MTA Railroads," you can find a map that shows the routes for the Metro-North

Before Metro-North

Additional Recommended Books and Documents at NYPL

To find supplementary books and documents related to Metro-North, please conduct the searches listed on this page's "Catalog Tips" with "Cartographic" NOT checkmarked in either our Online Research Catalog or Digital Collections Portal. In addition, we also recommend the following keyword searches, that provides historical context before Metro-North:

See below for a list of recommended materials: