Rachel’s Team Pick: Subways

This is a thing that exists on the internet and is elegant in its simplicity: major subway maps worldwide formatted to the same scale. If, like me, you find staring at subway maps or even thinking about them bizarrely soothing and a genuine human comfort in this sick sad world, you may enjoy it.



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Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I lived off that line in Seoul. The blue line specifically. I lived in Uijonbu which is an incorporated city of Seoul.It would be on one of the long arms coming off the map from the north. Just that much closer to the border with North Korea. I miss the subway there, so efficient, so clean.

    • totally! though sometimes I wish the metro gods chose more interesting colours too, there’s never really any purple line, or pink line. or sparkley line.

      (are they building a purple/silver line to dulles? what is going on? I feel like I would never use it but I’m excited for the map to be more colourful)

      • They are supposedly expanding a new silver line to the airport and I think Tyson’s Corner sometime within the next 262 years. Silver is code for grey. I am with you — where is the glitter line? The polka dot line? How ’bout the gold line that is literally gold?!

  2. Also relevant. I have a few of these, myself.

    When I’m on the subway and thinking about the possibility of the tunnels caving in on me, I play a game to calm down. It’s called, “What’s the colour of the walls of the next subway station?” I know pretty much all of the ones on the Bloor-Danforth line from Kipling to Bloor-Yonge.

  3. Glasvegas! The clockwork orange! A sad omission, even though it only goes in a circle. In my subway carriage yesterday there was a man casually wearing trainers, a tshirt and a kilt and sporran, and another guy with a full beard and a twirled moustache. That’s quality subway time.

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