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Don't you think it's too busy, with a lot of details in tiny print (maybe hard to read for a number of people)? It seems like it's trying too hard to be comprehensive in its scope, but losing some quick glance ease in readability along the way.


London Underground shows accessible stations on their main tube map, but also has other versions which emphasise features important to those who need step-free access.


Carter R


Here's a map of the New York subway system showing only ADA accessible stations.


It's not an official MTA map, however. It was made by a group called Just Urbanism.


Carter R

I'll just add too that it's rather jarring to see how inaccessible New York's subway lines are. There are actually more accessible stations in Los Angeles than NYC, for what that's worth.


I don't think Caltrain should really be on there

Joseph Alacchi

@Carter R Well they're better than Montreal which only has 7 accessible stations on one line.


The stops on Muni are so frequent, id say those lines ARE the stop markings for the local lines.

Agreed about the accessibility of the NYC subway. Its my sincerest hope that within, say, 40 years they will have refurbished enough stations (adding accessibility each time) until they have made a real dent in accessibility issues. Age is an excuse for now, but that excuse wont last forever.

The sad part is that its my honest opinion that a pedestrian oriented urban environment is the most convenient place for a disabled person to live (well, its also my opinion that its the most convenient place for anyone to live).

The easier way to vastly increase accessibility in the near-term: More BRT (or SBS :\), more level boarding for buses of all sorts. Ramps are OK but level boarding is vastly preferred. At least within a decade or two they could have NYC disabled residents on a second class system rather than whatever they have now, which is definitely lacking.


@ Carter R

That map is a bit outdated, perhaps by 5 years or more. There are at least 3 times as many ADA stations today.

Beta Magellan

Has any city taken the opposite route, only labeling stations that aren’t accessible?


Munich has - of course - such maps for the subway (U-Bahn) and commuter rail (S-Bahn) network in the city and the region:

Moreover, instead of just thinking about maps, all 100 subway/metro stations are simply equipped with elevators (160) and escalators (760).

Also, in case you want to make sure that the elevators or escalators of your MVG-subway station are currently in operation you can check the status online by "MVG Zoom":

You click on the station an then you get a plan like that showing the status of every escalator and elevator of the chosen station - green means in operation, here an example:

Kirk Hovenkotter

TFL has this Step Free map of its system at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf.

It does a good job of highlighting the lines and connections you can make and even the hight of the gap between the train and platform.

TFL has been doing a lot of accessibility work on their system for the Olympics, and hopefully it continues after 2012.


Here's Toronto's Accessible Transit Network map for the TTC: http://www3.ttc.ca/images/fixedImages/accessmap1109_bnn.pdf

Accessible streetcars will be arriving by the end of the year and will go into service by 2013 filling in the last significant gap in network coverage. All subway station will be accessible by 2024 at a rate of about 3 stations per year.


Definitely all stops should be shown, with a wheelchair logo on the stops that are accessible. Able-bodied users generally do not care whether a station is accessible or not.

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