The New "On the Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are a Tourist's Dream Come True

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Along with a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA needs a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues, maybe not so soon).

Two summers ago, the agency installed several new kiosks at the subway stations in Bowling Green, Penn Station, Jackson Heights, and Barclays. These "On the Go! Travel Machines" are everything one could want if you're 1) not from New York; 2) drunk, lost and unable to understand the stationary subway map; 3) more of a cab person (you know who you are); 4) two or more of the above. They're basically a combination of HopStop and Yelp!--you can pinpoint an exact route and then see neighborhood/leisure prospects along the way.

And now these $15,000-a-pop machines are coming to a station (77 of them, to be exact) hopefully near you. Hit the jump to see where.

Here's a list of the forthcoming spots in the pilot program, courtesy of the New York Times:

14th Street (1, 2, 3)

14th Street-Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R)

34th Street-Herald Square (B, D, F, M, N, Q, R)

34th Street-Penn Station (A, C, E)

34th Street-Penn Station (1, 2, 3)

47th-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center (B, D, F, M)

59th Street-Columbus Circle (1, A, B, C, D)

86th Street (4, 5, 6)

149th Street-Grand Concourse (2, 4, 5)

Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, LIRR)

Bedford Avenue (L)

Broadway Junction (A, C, J, L, Z)

Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (4, 5, 6)

Grand Central-42nd Street (4, 5, 6, 7, S)

Jay Street-MetroTech (A, C, F, R)

Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue-JFK Airport (E, J, Z, LIRR)

Third Avenue-149th Street (2, 5)

Times Square-42nd Street (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S)

West Fourth Street-Washington Square (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)

But does this justify the fare hike? Eh...

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Why not put digital subway maps on the internet as well so they will be available at home on your pc b4 u start out. Also make them available on portable internet devices and mobile phones and so forth.

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