Who knew watching the movements of the New York City subway could be such a relaxing activity. A new data visualization created by Will Geary shows a day’s worth of subway routes in motion in one mesmerizing creation. To build the map, Geary used Processing and Carto software, as well as the framework of another tutorial from Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, pulling data from the MTA and Google Maps to determine the flux. And for some extra fun, the whole thing is set to “Rhapsody in Blue!”
You can watch the ebb and flow as trains come and go from busy hubs and across the river. The map isn’t perfectly accurate—as some lines aren’t represented (commenters point out that the A express looks as if it runs on the same line 24/7 rather than taking over the local C at night, and shuttles are missing from the action, for example)—but it’s definitely more fun to watch than your train not arriving in the station.
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