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Fantasy Map (First one)

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Well, for the past couple of weeks I have been producing a map which can be categorized as fantasy, but most includes expansions for existing services to better serve underserved areas of the city. I like to think of it as a map that...

A map that plans and pictures future expansion projects that would help make New York City more accesible and ready for the 21st Century, by radically expanding the current New York City Transit infrastructure, to help in the development of NYC and spur future transit-orientated development around the city.
I'll present it borough by borough, and let's start off with Queens.


[GMAPS]<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.720982,-73.772507&spn=0.124897,0.219727&z=12&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.720982,-73.772507&spn=0.124897,0.219727&z=12&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">NYC Transit Map</a> in a larger map</small>[/GMAPS]


The first service on the left (colored purple) is a proposed light rail service that would operate in the abandoned existing ROW of the Rockaway Branch. It would operate from 63 Drive (w/ a free transfer to the (M)(R) trains at 63rd Drive-Rego Park Sta), curve onto the ROW with stations on....

-64th Road

-Yellowstone Blvd

-Metropolitan Ave

-Union Tpke

-Mrytle Ave

-Jamaica Ave (transfer to the (J)(Z) trains),

-Atlantic Ave and 103-Liberty Avenues, with a Free OOS Transfer to A Train at 104 St Station (Last Stop).

This proposal provides a vital rail link for those living around the Rockaways, Richmond Hill, Rego Park and Forest Hills with a fast transit link connecting two underserved areas that suffer from long and slow commutes. It can be termed as a shuttle, and uses the existing ROW of the Rockaway Branch.


The second service in the middle (colored blue) is the completion of the Archer Ave Extension, using the (E) train. The stations are...

-Liberty Ave

-109 Street

-Linden-Guy R. Brewer Blvds

-Foch Blvd

-Baisley Blvd

-Famers Blvd-Locust Manor (Uses existing LIRR Station)

-Springfield Blvd

-225 Street-Laurelton (Uses existing LIRR Station)

This proposal provides Southeastern Queens with fast, direct, and affordable subway service to Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, something that has been proposed since the 1970's/1980's.


The third extension on the right (colored Orange) is an extension of the (F) train from it's current termini, Jamaica-179 St to 267 Street-Floral Park, providing fast and direct subway service to another underserved areas. The stations are...

-188 Street

-196 Street

-Francis Lewis Blvd

-Hollis Court Blvd

-Springfield Blvd-Braddock Ave

-Winchester Ave-Creedmoor

-Commonwealth Blvd

-Little Neck Pkwy

-260 Street

-267 Street


Let's go to Staten Island, which suffers from a chronic lack of transit options.

[GMAPS]<iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.580585,-74.187241&spn=0.182526,0.291824&z=11&output=embed"></iframe><br />[/GMAPS] There are two propsas I have made, and both (one not shown) are Light Rail Options. The first is an extension of the HBLR from it's current termin at 8th St in NJ to SI (West Shore Light Rail) via the Bayonne, then over the MLK Expwy, turning on the SIE, and then going south on the WSE toward Richmond Valley‎. Thsi has been propsd nurmous times by the SIEDC, as a way to improve transit options in SI. The stations are...

-Elm Park (Future Transfer to Proposed to North Shore Light Rail.)

-Forest Avenue


-Richmond Avenue

-Victory Blvd

-Huguenot Avenue

-Sharrotts Road

-Outerbridge Park-and-Ride (Uses existing Park and ride for Express Buses)

-Richmond Valley (Last Stop, Transfer to SIR)


The second proposal is a revival of the abandoned ROW of the North Shore branch of the SIR with Light Rail, start from St. George to Port Ivory. The stations are...

-St. George (Transfer to the SIR and the SI Ferry to Manhattan)

-New Brighton

-Sailors' Snug Harbor


-West New Brighton

-Port Richmond

-Tower Hill

-Elm Park (Transfer to HBLR/West Shore Light Rail)

-Lake Avenue

-Harbor Road Station


-Western Ave Station/Port Ivory (Last Stop)


It's now Manhattan's turn, and let's see.....

[GMAPS]<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.760001,-73.98777&spn=0.124824,0.219727&z=12&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.760001,-73.98777&spn=0.124824,0.219727&z=12&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">NYC Transit Map</a> in a larger map</small>[/GMAPS]

It's still a work in a progress, but it shows the planned 7 line extension, and a fully built SAS (T)(Q) with outerborough connections (explained later on). The stations are the same as the one's fully proposed by the MTA, so I won't go in detail. SAS will still have two tracks, but it will provide express service in the outerboroughs.


Up bat- the Bronx...

[GMAPS]<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.839269,-73.880653&spn=0.062338,0.109863&z=13&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.839269,-73.880653&spn=0.062338,0.109863&z=13&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">NYC Transit Map</a> in a larger map</small>[/GMAPS]

Here, SAS (only the (T)) would be extended as a subway using the same route the Third Ave EL took, all underground of Third Ave, filling a huge gap. The Line here would be 3-tracked, with an express track in the middle to allow for Rush Hour express service, in peak direction. The stations are...

-3rd Ave-138 Street (Transfer for the (6)<6> Trains, and it's an Express Station)

-3rd Ave-149 St (Transfer for the (2)(5) Trains, and it's an Express Station)

-E 156 Street

-E 163 Street

-E 168 Street (Express Station)

-Claremont Pkwy

-Tremont Ave (Express Station)

-E 183 Street

-Fordham Rd-Webster Ave (Transfer to the Bx12 +SBS+, Connection available for MNRR, and it's an Express Station)

-E 195 Street

-Bedford Park Blvd-Botanical Garden (Express Station)

-Bainbridge Ave

-Gun Hill Road-Webster Ave

-Gun Hill Road-White Plains Road (Last stop, transfer to the 2/5)


Last but not least, Brooklyn.

[GMAPS]<iframe width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.634799,-73.945885&spn=0.125059,0.219727&z=12&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&ctz=300&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209566458762464665064.0004a5ed3a016c279078f&t=h&ll=40.634799,-73.945885&spn=0.125059,0.219727&z=12&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">NYC Transit Map</a> in a larger map</small>[/GMAPS] It includes two extensions in the borough, such as an extension of the IRT Nostrand Ave line (2)(5) from Flatbush Ave-Brooklyn College to Sheepshead Bay. The second extension includes an extension of the SAS (T) from Manhattan, under Bergen Ave, and then turning under Utica Ave all the way toward Flatlands Ave, bridging a huge gap in Brooklyn's subway service. Let's start with the (2)(5) extension.

-Avenue J

-Avenue M

-Avenue P

-Avenue U-Gravesend Neck Road

-Avenue X

-Voorhies Ave-Sheepshead Bay (Last Stop)


Now, let's go with the SAS Brooklyn extension....

-Smith Street (Transfer to the F & G Trains, and it's an Express Station)

-4th-Flatbush Aves (Transfer to the (:P(D)(N)(Q)(2)(3)(4)(5) at Atlantic-Pacific, OOS transfer to the (2)(3) at Bergen/Flatbush. Express Station)

-Washington-Grand Aves

-Nostrand-Rogers-Bedford Aves

-Utica-Schenectady Aves

-Crown Hts-Utica Ave (Transfer for the (3)(4) Trains. Express Station)

-Lefferts Ave

-Church Ave-Linden Blvd

-Clarendon Road

-Kings Highway (Express Station)

-Flatlands Avenue

-Avenue N

-Avenue U-Kings Plaza Station (Express Station, Last Stop)


So, there you have it. I'm constantly making changes and additions to this map, and I'm in the process of adding the Triboro RX (you can see it on the maps, it's the brown line but has no stations), and I want your feedback- so feel free to make suggestions, comments or questions on this. Thanks!


My map's link is here-

NYC Transit Map - Google Maps


NYC Transit Map - Google Maps

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Cool! But try not to use google maps. IUf you can, use Paint on windows (save as .tif) or adobe illustator

I personally use Paintbrush for mac

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Guest lance25

Personally, I don't mind people using GMaps for their fantasy maps. It allows you to see exactly where they want to put their lines and stops instead of guessing on the official MTA map or some other schematic map.


But, hey, that's up to the map-makers themselves.

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