New York City Subway history

Jacob Shemkovitz filed this request with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Headquarters of New York City, NY.
Tracking # 16558
Est. Completion None
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From: Jacob Shemkovitz

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records related to the New York City subway system:

1. Maps or diagrams of New York City subway routes in the City's records.

2. Design plans, proposals, correspondences, and other documents regarding the design of NYC subway maps for the public (e.g. Massimo Vignelli's map design for the NYCTA in 1972, if available).

Background: The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) were combined with the already city-owned Independent Subway System (IND) in 1940. From this date, all lines were owned and operated by the city under the New York City Board of Transportation (NYCBOT) until the formation of the NYC Transit Authority (NYCTA) in 1953 and its eventual affiliation under the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) in 1968.

Therefore, the City should have primary records at least from 1940 through 1953, and as early as 1932 pertaining to the IND lines. Please also include any records the City has from other years.

If any of these documents are known to be in the possession of other agencies or jurisdictions (perhaps New York State would have more documentation regarding NYCTA-era maps?), please also refer me to that agency.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jacob Shemkovitz

From: New York City Department of Transportation

From: Jacob Shemkovitz

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records related to the New York City subway system:

1. Maps or diagrams of New York City subway routes in the City's records.

2. Design plans, proposals, correspondences, and other documents regarding the design of NYC subway maps for the public (e.g. Massimo Vignelli's map design for the NYCTA in 1972, if available).

Background: The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) were combined with the already city-owned Independent Subway System (IND) in 1940. From this date, all lines were owned and operated by the city under the New York City Board of Transportation (NYCBOT) until the formation of the NYC Transit Authority (NYCTA) in 1953 and its eventual affiliation under the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) in 1968.

Therefore, the City should have primary records at least from 1940 through 1953, and as early as 1932 pertaining to the IND lines. Please also include any records the City has from other years.

If any of these documents are known to be in the possession of other agencies or jurisdictions (perhaps New York State would have more documentation regarding NYCTA-era maps?), please also refer me to that agency.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jacob Shemkovitz

From: New York City Transit

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 27, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #16558.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 27, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #16558.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jacob Shemkovitz

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 27, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #16558.

Thank you for your help.

From: MTA

Dear Mr. Shemkowitz,

I am writing in response to your letter dated July 8, 2012, in which you demanded a status update on your FOIL Request (Reference No. 16558). I am writing to you via the MTA Website, since it is the only direct means of communication I have with you.

The response to your request is still being processed. One of the reasons is that your request was very confusing. Are you asking for copies of the NYCT subway map currently in use? For prior maps? It is possible, but unlikely that NYCT would have any records from as far back as you are requesting (1953, when NYCTA was incorporated).

Furthermore your request for diagrams of the subway system is unclear; are you asking for maps or are you asking for actual diagrams of the subway stations and tunnels? NYCT's policy is to that due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, NYCTA has implemented a policy that restricts the release of NYCTA safety sensitive documents through F.O.I.L. on the grounds that the release may pose a risk to public safety (Public Officers Law ยง87 (2) (f).) NYCTA considers that drawings, plans and maps fall under this exemption. We will certainly not be releasing this information to an individual who provides us with no contact information other than a Post Office Box and an e-mail address generated by some obscure anti-privacy website.

Please contact me so that I can better understand what you are requesting. Please call me at (718) 694-4224 to discuss your request.

Thank you,

Leor Blumenthal
Deputy FOIL Officer
MTA MYCT

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