New York's subway map is complicated due to navigational hazards

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It's not just you -- New York City's subway system really is complicated.

And it may have nothing to do with the number of lines, but rather the subway map's confusing, color-coded design, according to researchers.

Study - Scientists - University - Kent - University

A new study from scientists at the University of Kent and the University of Essex looked at the color-coding of New York City's subway map to determine how that impacts its usability.

They discovered that color-coding plays a role, in addition to a number of irritating 'navigational hazards'.

Scientists - Intelligence - Software - Mistakes - Commuters

The scientists also believe that artificial intelligence software could be used to rectify many of the map-related mistakes plaguing commuters.

Researchers used New York City as a case study because it has switched between different color-coding systems and is known to have several 'navigational hazards'.

New - York - City - Subway - Service

'The New York City subway has one of the most complex service patterns in the world, and is currently undergoing re-evaluation and development of its information delivery,' the study noted.

They recruited almost 300 participants and randomly paired them with a type of color-coded map.

Types - Maps - Route - Coloring - Trunk

There are three types of color-coded maps, including route coloring, trunk coloring and shaded coloring.

The goal was to find out whether map color-coding schemes affected the accuracy and speed of navigation for commuters.

Trunk - Bundle - Routes - Line - NYC

A trunk is a bundle of routes carried on the same line, which is what the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway map uses.

In a route-colored map, each individual line with a single terminal at each end is colored differently.

Kind - Map - Uses - Coloring - Trunk

A third kind of map uses shaded coloring, in which each trunk has a...
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