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The MTA is always looking at different ways to redesign subway cars for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety, capacity and more. But their rate of ideas frequently outpaces their budget. According to The New York Times, a new design included in a 142-page release is being pushed heavily by planners, though, and could materialise in 30 to 40 years. The idea is articulated trains, or those with one continuous car that are designed like accordion buses.
You can tell from the construction of New York City’s new 7 train extension that building subways is no easy task. That makes it all the more impressive that subways were up and running 100 years ago. And even more amazingly, they don’t even look all that different.
We’ve seen photos of New York’s beloved L train being drained of flood water left over from Hurricane Sandy. Now the MTAhas released video footage of workers toiling away to get the beleaguered line back up and running.
After decades of urban evolution, the world’s major trains systems appear to be converging to an ideal form. On the surface, these core-and-branch systems — evident in New York City, Tokyo, London or most any large metropolitan subway — may seem intuitively optimal. But in the absence of top-down central planning, their movement over decades toward a common mathematical space may hint at universal principles of human self-organisation.
Kazakhstan isn’t the first country I’d associate with modernism and gleaming infrastructure, but according to photos from English Russia, I’m dead wrong: the Altmay Metro is gorgeous. And, shocking to any urbanite, gorgeously clean, like Star Trek with more maids.
If you’ve lived in the Big Apple for any amount of time, you’ve more than likely taken the subway. You’ve also probably wasted plenty of time staring at the map. Our video editor Matt Toder threw together a video of the subway map’s evolution, beginning with a map crafted 100 years ago.