Feb 26, 2020

Creator of New York City subway map Michael Hertz dies

MTA Michael Hertz, the man who designed the map of the New York City subway system, has died aged 87. In the 1970s his firm, Michael Hertz Associates, was hired by city transport officials to redesign the old map. A native of New York's Brooklyn borough, Mr Hertz previously helped create transit maps for Houston and Washington DC before undertaking the New York project for the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In an effort to remove some of the straight lines that were disliked by riders, Mr Hertz hired a Japanese designer who rode every subway line with his eyes closed so that he could better depict the curves in the railways. In 2004, he told the New York Times that he appreciated every time he saw tourists using the map for the first time.

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