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Build Your Own NYC Subway

Posted by Joe Gentle on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

How would you like to be in charge of re-designing one of the biggest, busiest subway systems in the world? The New York City subway serves nearly 5.7 million people each weekday (thats about 1.8 billion riders in 2015), and now it’s your turn to see if you can make the system work better.

Brand New Subway, a browser-based game created by former Intel hardware engineer Jason Wright, puts the power in your hands: you can erase or add a new station with a single click, dig a new line, or start a brand new network from scratch. History buffs will also enjoy the ability to interact with previous iterations of the NYC subway, dating back to the early 1900s.

Beyond its novelty value for New Yorkers, the app may have real value for transit planners. The map at the core of the interface is infused with census data, jobs data, transportation demand data and more, making it possible for the app to predict the effect your changes would have on ridership and even ride fares.

Give it a try here at jpwright.net

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