A team of researchers examined the relationship between the New York City subway map’s color-coding and how that impacts commute times
Trunk coloring was found to be more effective when riders switch between lines
No matter what coloring system the map had, they found that navigational hazards consistently prevented commuters from getting to their destination
They believe that artificial intelligence could detect navigational hazards
It’s not just you — New York City’s subway system really is complicated.
And it may have nothing to do with the number of lines, but rather the subway map’s confusing, color-coded design, according to researchers.
A new study from scientists at the University of Kent and the University of Essex looked at the color-coding of New York City’s subway map to determine how that impacts its usability.
They discovered that color-coding plays a role, in addition to a number of irritating ‘navigational hazards’.
The scientists also believe that artificial intelligence software could be used to rectify many of the map-related mistakes plaguing commuters.
Researchers used New York City as a case study because it has switched between different color-coding systems and is known to have several ‘navigational hazards’.
‘The New York City subway has one of the most complex service patterns in the world, and is currently undergoing re-evaluation and development of its information delivery,’ the study noted.
They recruited almost 300 participants and randomly paired them with a type of color-coded map.
Man hit by falling debris at Brooklyn subway station
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) — A man was hit by falling debris on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station on Wednesday afternoon.
EMS crews responded to the scene at Borough Hall around 3:30 p.m. and the commuter was treated at the scene.
Officials say a 10 x 10 section fell 25 feet, hitting the man in his shoulder and causing minor injuries.
A shower of plaster and tiles shattered onto the platform, disrupting the evening commute. MTA crews cleared bags of it after poking at the ceiling to make sure riders below were safe.
It is one of the busiest stations in the system, and also one of the oldest.
“It’s like stepping back in time,” said rider Sean Kiley. “When I come onto the subway I can picture that this all looked very nice in 1960, 1970.”
Kiley, from Ireland, has been in New York for about a year. He says the city’s subway system stands out and not in a good way.
“I’ve been to London a lot and I can see the comparison,” he said. “The tube in London compared to the subway in New York, it’s just a better quality. It badly needs investment.”
“This just reinforces my desire to get the funding we need to totally modernize all of our stations,” said Transit Authority President Andy Byford.
Byford has a plan to modernize the system. The problem is the price tag and how to pay for it.
Internal estimates say it’ll cost $19 billion in the first five years alone.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants a new revenue source identified by the state. Governor Cuomo who controls the MTA, says he wants to pay for it through congestion pricing, a proposal that’s hitting some road blocks in Albany.
“This incident just steels my resolve to get the money that New York City transit needs to modernize this system and to prevent this type of thing from happening,” said Byford.
He said an initial survey shows the incident may have been caused by water damage.
Crews will survey the entire station overnight. It is not clear whether the work will impact the morning commute.
“We have structural engineers on site, we have operational people, and we’re now assessing the status of the rest of that ceiling and what you can see the team doing downstairs now is they are deliberately poking the ceiling to bring down any remaining loose material,” Byford said.
The incident caused delays on several subway lines, including the 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains.
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LIRR Weekend Parking Guide
LIRR STATIONS WITH UNRESTRICTED WEEKEND PARKING
Unrestricted parking refers to any lot that is open to both residents and non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of residency. Parking spaces may, however, require a daily parking fee.
Note: Stations with an asterisk* may require a parking permit in some of the lots
- Massapequa Park
City Zone Stations
- Kew Gardens
Far Rockaway Branch Stations
- Far Rockaway
- Valley Stream*
Hempstead Branch Stations
- Country Life Press*
- Floral Park*
- Queens Village
Long Beach Branch Stations
- Long Beach*
- East Rockaway*
- Centre Avenue*
Montauk Branch Stations
- East Hampton
- Hampton Bays
- Great River
- Bay Shore*
Oyster Bay Branch Stations
- Oyster Bay
- Locust Valley
- Glen Cove
- Glen Street
- Sea Cliff
- Glen Head
- East Williston*
Port Jefferson Branch Stations
- Port Jefferson
- Stony Brook
- St James
- Kings Park
- Cold Spring Harbor
- Carle Place
- Merillon Avenue*
- New Hyde Park *
Port Washington Branch Stations
- Port Washington
- Little Neck
- Flushing/Main Street
Ronkonkoma Branch Stations
- Central Islip
- Deer Park
West Hempstead Branch Stations
- West Hempstead
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Q train conductor punched in head at Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100
Frank Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises and was hospitalized in stable condition.
A Q train conductor was hospitalized after getting sucker punched while on the job Tuesday, according to police and the transit union.
An unidentified man believed to be in his 30s or 40s struck the conductor, Frank Sbano, 60, after Sbano’s Brighton Beach-bound train arrived at the Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100 and an NYPD spokesman.
“I was just nailed in the head. I have no idea why,” Sbano, of Staten Island, told the union. “I was looking to make sure everyone was getting on and off and the next thing I knew, I got nailed.”
Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises on his head and was transported in stable condition to Kings County Hospital, where he was awaiting a CT scan.
TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano said it was just the latest in a spate of MTA worker assaults. He called for the authority to launch a voluntary body camera program for train crews in order to help police catch riders who assault workers.
“This will help authorities identify, arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for these attacks,” Utano said in a statement. “Cameras must only be used as a deterrent to criminal assaults and for evidence gathering when an assault occurs and never for worker surveillance.”
It was not immediately clear why the attack took place and no arrests have been made, the police spokesman said.
MTA chairman Joseph Lhota pledged to work to keep workers safe. The MTA did not provide statistics on worker-related assaults.
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