Subway Time Maps
May 19, 2009 2:31 PM   Subscribe

Triptrop NYC: Subway Time Maps — Plug in an address in New York City, and Triptrop generates a super slick looking map of how long it takes to get anywhere on the subway. And maybe you're moving? Then plug not one but two addresses into the comparison version and see which one gets you where you want to go. [via mefi projects]
posted by netbros (15 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is cool looking, though I wish versions existed for other cities.
posted by selenized at 3:07 PM on May 19, 2009


This is....better than hopstop? it might be better than hopstop.
posted by puckish at 3:08 PM on May 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


whee!
posted by puckish at 3:08 PM on May 19, 2009


soma lkzx, the person behind this, said on the Projects thread that London might be in the works, due to there being fewer stations than NYC.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:11 PM on May 19, 2009


Also noted on a previous AskMe, the name might change if/when the project expands.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:13 PM on May 19, 2009


an overlay for the catastrophically minded
posted by puckish at 3:15 PM on May 19, 2009


it doesn't matter the destination, it always takes 35 minutes to get to anywhere in Manhattan, from any point.
posted by billybobtoo at 5:40 PM on May 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


filthy light thief, if my calculations are correct I will totally be able to do this for a zillion cities easy. Give me a few months, it might be worldwide like crazy! And with buses and bicycles oh my!

And just in time for the G train to roll up all awesome, save my life, and complicate my site.
posted by soma lkzx at 6:06 PM on May 19, 2009


I'm not at all sure how this is working, but then, I'm plugging it in from my parents' house in Queens, which is a 20 minute bus ride from the subway. So it doesn't seem to be handling that aspect very well -- is it assuming that I'd be making a 40-minute walk? (In fact, I'd take the LIRR.)
posted by Casuistry at 7:05 PM on May 19, 2009


This is extremely cool. Does it take into account time waiting at the station and frequency of service?
posted by Kwantsar at 7:19 PM on May 19, 2009


Very cool! Any plans for an Ipod app?
posted by jstubblefield at 12:06 AM on May 20, 2009


This is nicely designed, but as far as I can tell it isn't based on the realities of NYC subway travel and I can't see it functioning well as a trip planner. That trip to Grand Central from Park Slope could take 30 minutes if the trains are having a good day and running on the theoretical schedules that supposedly govern their frequency. On an evening or weekend, or if it's raining or snowing, forget it. And while this is far superior aesthetically to HopStop, it doesn't tell me how to get where I'm going. If I already live in New York, I already have a guestimate of how long it takes to get me places, and if I don't, telling me that it takes 90 minutes to get to Maspeth doesn't tell me how to do it.

I'm still waiting for the uber-integrated mother of all NYC transit interfaces.

Maybe in Beta.
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 1:30 AM on May 20, 2009


Great stuff! Someone at work sent this to me a few weeks ago---didn't realize it was a MeFite who did it. I was all ready to hate on this when I saw it, but the more I checked it out the more accurate it seemed (at least for places you only get to by walking and subway).

I have one (very nitpicky) question, soma lkzx: to what extent do you take the street layout into account for walking distance? Things look pretty good in Manhattan, but in Brooklyn (land of 5 street grids) all of the diamonds around subway stations seem to be oriented in the same direction.
posted by goingonit at 5:15 AM on May 20, 2009


I'm plugging it in from my parents' house in Queens, which is a 20 minute bus ride from the subway.

No buses yet. Or LIRR! I think I've figured out a way to take them into account, though, so the future might solve your problem.

Very cool! Any plans for an Ipod app?

After I do the rewrite of how the site works with data, definitely. I didn't think it was possible until I saw this other project!

Does it take into account time waiting at the station and frequency of service?

All station-to-station time is from the MTA Trip Planner itself, so I'm pretty sure it does! Although it's all for one specific time on one specific day, so it isn't averaging out wait times, it's just what it happened to be at that one moment.

I have one (very nitpicky) question, soma lkzx: to what extent do you take the street layout into account for walking distance?

I only take it into account in Manhattan by tilting the grid for any points two points in the city. Outside of that, streets just get too crazy (the walking distances are all mathemagical, Triptrop doesn't actually know about streets). If/when I get around to improving it and building it out for other cities this is might actually get worse for map-creating-efficiency's sake.
posted by soma lkzx at 5:52 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hm. Seems like a ripoff of AppleTripper.
posted by rokusan at 6:31 AM on May 20, 2009


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