A Map for a Megaregion

Stewart Mader made the New York City & New Jersey Subway Map because, “historically, geographically, and commercially New York and the industrial district in the northern part of the state of New Jersey constitute a single community.”

New York & New Jersey Subway Map

A Map for a Megaregion: New York & New Jersey Subway Map

The current subway map doesn’t integrate New Jersey and PATH service. PATH is represented using the visual style labeled “Commuter rail service”: pale blue lines, square station markers, and small, lightweight text labels. This doesn’t effectively communicate to transit riders that, just like the NYC Subway, PATH operates 24/7, provides frequent subway-style service, and accepts the pay-per-ride MetroCard. Moreover, the map only shows the six PATH stations in Manhattan, but doesn’t show any of the seven stops in New Jersey, so riders currently see no information about where PATH can take them in New Jersey. Seen by over 1.8 billion annual transit riders, it is one of the most widely recognized in the world, which makes it a cultural asset that frames how people understand the urban area, so the absence of transit options can diminish certain areas in the public mind.

The New York & New Jersey Subway Map includes Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and PATH, in addition to the NYC Subway and Staten Island Railway. This makes the New York region’s map more like those of other major cities, including Berlin, London, Philadelphia, and Tokyo, which include all rapid transit services, regardless of operator.

66% of NJ.com readers support this map, and subway riders interviewed at Fulton Street station expressed broad support:

Should NJ Appear on the NYC Subway Map?

See what riders at the Fulton Street subway station had to say about the proposed Subway NY NJ map.

Posted by Subway NY NJ on Wednesday, November 4, 2015


NYC Subway maps have a long history of including New Jersey, as well as other transit connections in the vicinity of the five boroughs, and transit is a proven catalyst for the local economy.

1944 board of transportation map

As late as the 1960s, the PATH trains did appear on the subway map, albeit in a different colour to the main system. Resurrecting this combined effort could be an easy win for the city authorities, Mader argues, expanding the functional area of the city for many residents at almost no cost. “We live in an era when capital construction is expensive. But ‘expansion’ doesn’t have to mean building a new line – it can come from giving a clearer map.” By making the map himself, Mader told us, he hoped to demonstrate to the MTA quite how easy it would be to actually, well, make this map. –One man’s mission to put New York’s secret subway back on the map, by John Elledge, CityMetric

Mader has created a rendering of the new map himself, and his website Subway NY NJ holds his entire proposal. The idea is an inexpensive one, Mader claims, “it’s meant to be the kind of regional thinking and cooperation that wouldn’t cost the agencies much in terms of time or money, especially compared to capital projects.” –NJ Man Leads Fight To Feature PATH Trains Prominently On The NYC Subway Map, by Jen Carlson, Gothamist

The PATH is as much a part of New York’s transport system as the DLR in London, or the S-Bahn in Berlin. It shares four stations with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) subway system; crosses the Hudson through two tunnels (one from the Village, the other from the Battery); and provides frequent services to Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark. –One man’s mission to put New York’s secret subway back on the map, by John Elledge, CityMetric

Transit maps in other cities display multiple services, regardless of whether they are run by multiple agencies. For example, the Philadelphia Rail Transit Map shows rapid transit services provided by two agencies: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which operates most lines, and Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the PATCO Line connecting Philadelphia with Camden and several other points in New Jersey. In Berlin, Germany, the two agencies that run public transit services appear together on the city’s official transit map.

Closeup: PATCO Speedline on SEPTA Rail Transit Map

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