This is how New York’s subway system is getting upgraded

The subway's newest bodega (image courtesy The New Stand)

Speed the Ride

New York is a big city. And until you, your friends, and your coworkers are all “coliving” in the same overpriced, Real World-stylized loft space, you’re going to have to get around. We’re going to take a look at some of the ways public transportation is changing in New York City.

New News
Last week a new kind of news stand opened on the L line mezzanine at Union Square station. New Stand is a “bodega for the modern commuter” – in addition to junk food and toiletries, the high-design space also offers Google Cardboard sets, collapsible bike helmets, and more. The project is the brainchild of George Alan, the designer behind Output and Playland Motel, Lex Kendall, Andrew Deitchman and David Carson.

Rolling Deep
The MTA will soon begin testing up to ten open-gangway prototype cars – what Gothamist troublingly terms “Human Centipede” subway trains – offering up to 10% greater capacity in each car. While the interconnected cars make for an ideal fit for many European cities, lower Manhattan’s tight curves might make a complete overhaul impossible.

Get Connected
Transit Wireless has now outfitted 279 of the city’s underground subway stations with internet access – most recently they completed installation of 21 stations in the Bronx and 16 in Manhattan. Work on the project is expected to be complete by 2017 – you can check out a full list of the wifi-enabled stations here.

Of course, we can’t forget that the tech that actually runs the city’s subway system is completely ancient. But hey, small steps.

Now go forth (and swipe).