Is New York’s New Subway Map a ‘Geographical Mess’?

The timing of the project is meaningful, says Felipe Memoria, Work & Co. founding partner. At a time when New York’s MTA faces a severe funding crisis, he sees the effort as a way to instill hope in a city, and a transit system, still recovering from the pandemic. “We wanted to put it in front of users, especially during this time that we’re living in,” Memoria said.

Some critics, however, have complained that, in trying to do two things at once, the map does neither very well. On Twitter, a number of transit advocates and map obsessives say that the map prioritizes aesthetics at the expense of legibility.