Ever think to yourself, “If only I designed this…” while riding the MTA? Well, now you can put your money where your mouth is with an internet game that lets you redesign the MTA to your liking.
The game Brand New Subway is kind of like “SimCity,” where you call the shots and build the MTA from the ground up. However, you might just find it’s not as easy as it looks.
Well, there are lots of factors that go into designing a massive subway system, such as the MTA. And, this game doesn’t let those factors fall to the wayside. With every design decision you make, the game “pools Census Bureau and MTA data to estimate ridership and calculate a MetroCard fare.” Additionally, your design will be graded as “each fantasy subway system is issued a letter grade based on affordability and accessibility.“
Players have a couple options for their starting point. They can either start from scratch and build the entire MTA themselves, or they can start with one of these existing subway maps:
- 2016 Present-Day Map
- 2025 Planned Subway Map
- 1972 Vignelli Map
Ready to try it out? Click here to play.