If you have ever spent time in New York City, you have surely spent at least a few minutes squinting over the subway map, trying to decide if you actually on the uptown or downtown train and where you could get a free transfer back. The New York Times reports that for the first time in more than a decade, the MTA is freshening up the map's graphics. They are changing colors to improve contrast and adding a shadow to route lines. nytimes.com has a nice graphic comparing the new and old maps:
(click through to the article see a better version, where you can focus on specific boros and change to comapre older versions of the map as well)
It should be interesting to see it in action coming next month.