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100 Submerged Subway Innovations

From Track-Tweaking Apps to iPhone Turnstiles

— August 10, 2012 — Eco
These submerged subway innovations show how much public transportation has advanced over time.

Though perhaps not the most desirable means of getting around town, subways typically offer civilians an affordable way to get from point A to point B. With innovations in terms of marketing stunts, the design of the actual trains and the way in which these spaces have become somewhat of a showcase for art, there's no telling where the future of subways may lie. Many of these public transit systems exist throughout the world, and many variations exist, making them an interesting public service to contrast and compare.

Though perhaps not as reliable as some might expect, subways are an inevitable component to most large cities, and increasingly, are being used as hubs for innovation.
6.1
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Exposing Subway Projects
Exposing Subway Projects
The Toronto ‘Confessions Underground’ Development is Liberati
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98
Railroad Musicals
Railroad Musicals
Alexander Chen Turns the New York Subway System into an Instrument
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97
Subway Stop Touchscreens
Subway Stop Touchscreens
The MTA in New York Introduces the 'On the Go! Travel Station'
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96
Subaqueous Subway Art
Subaqueous Subway Art
Imaginary Creatures from Illustrated Thoughts Hits the TTC
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95
Metropolis Time-Lapse Shorts
Metropolis Time-Lapse Shorts
Toronto Tempo by Ryan Emond Speeds up the City
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94
Stitched Subway Systems
Stitched Subway Systems
Tomofumi Yoshida Sews a Public Transit Map into an Arduino Mega Shield
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93
Spoiler Alert Subway Signs
Spoiler Alert Subway Signs
Jason Eppink Preserves the Mystery of the NYC Subway System
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92
Power-Generating Subway Stops
Power-Generating Subway Stops
Energy from Train Brakes to Fuel Philadelphia Grid
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91
Spooky Subway Rides
Spooky Subway Rides
The Yokai Train is Part Public Transportation, Part Haunted House
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90
8-Bit Subway Adventures
8-Bit Subway Adventures
'Ride the Better Way' Turns Toronto's Public Transit Into a Game
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89
Pedestrian Tripping Compilations
Pedestrian Tripping Compilations
Dean Peterson Makes a Short Film About an Accident Prone Subway
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88
Literature Subway Illustrations
Literature Subway Illustrations
'Literary Journeys' by Owen Smith are Paintings of Stories
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87
Rabbit Hole Navigation Gear
Rabbit Hole Navigation Gear
The Alice in Wonderland Subway Map is Inspired by the Classic Story
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86
Track-Tweaking Apps
Track-Tweaking Apps
The triqtraq Jam Sequencer Enables Mixing Music Professionally on Your Mobile
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85
Public Transit Compasses
Public Transit Compasses
New York Subway Compasses Help Orient Confused Travelers
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84
Subway-Crashing Cows
Subway-Crashing Cows
'Join the MOOvement' Proves that Cows are People Too
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83
Cute Commuter Caricatures
Cute Commuter Caricatures
The Toronto Subway Sketch Group Practises Illustration on Trains
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82
Spoof Pick-Up Strategies
Spoof Pick-Up Strategies
Craigslist 'Missed Connections' Stars 30 Rock and The Office Characters
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81
Historic Ritzy Railcars
Historic Ritzy Railcars
This 1935 NYC Subway Car is Up for Grabs for Someone With Deep Pockets
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80
Reading Urbanite Subway Riders
Reading Urbanite Subway Riders
The Underground New York Public Library Is A Visual Catalog Of Comm
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79
Paper Subway Imitations
Paper Subway Imitations
The Architectural Model Accessories Series Shrinks the NYC Metro
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78
Anatomical Subway Maps
Anatomical Subway Maps
Sam Loman Reimagines the Human Body
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77
Recycled Transit Card Mosaics
Recycled Transit Card Mosaics
The Nina Boesch Metro Card Project Reimagines New York
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76
Deadly Train Games
Deadly Train Games
Teens Take Up "Metro Surfing" for Daredevil Thrills on Moscow Subway Line
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75
Vintage Transit Prints
Vintage Transit Prints
Flying Junction Brings Public Transportation to Your Home
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74
Subway Ticket Portraits
Subway Ticket Portraits
Parisian Metro Artist Luc Grateau
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73
Banksy-Inspired Ads
Banksy-Inspired Ads
This IKEA Street Art is Reminiscent of the Anonymous Artists
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72
Retro Transit Makeovers
Retro Transit Makeovers
The 'Compliments of Nucky' Puts a '20s Twist on the NYC Subway System
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71
Kiddie Straphangers
Kiddie Straphangers
The Cowacca Strap for the Child Who Can't Quite Reach
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70
Subway Skirts
Subway Skirts
The NYC Map Dress is Fashionable and Direction-Friendly
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69
Wickedly Winding Transport Rails
Wickedly Winding Transport Rails
The West Kowloon Terminus Connects Hong Kong and Beijing
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68
Foldable Digital Newspapers
Foldable Digital Newspapers
The Page E-Reader Will Make Paper Old News
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67
Subway Finder Apps
Subway Finder Apps
Acrossair Pinpoints the Location of the London Tube for iPhone
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66
Mass Transit Gas Masks
Mass Transit Gas Masks
'Sub-Resk' Turns Subway Handles into Life-Saving Oxygen Masks
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65
Suspended Model Spreads
Suspended Model Spreads
The Vice Style ‘Hanging Around' Editorial is Alluring
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64
Space-Pod Taxis
Space-Pod Taxis
The Vectus Personal Rapid Transit Takes You to Your Destination Comfortably
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63
Subway Stations Get Mobile Service
Subway Stations Get Mobile Service
NYC Tunnel Talk
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62
In-Store Farm Factories
In-Store Farm Factories
Subway Japan Goes Fresh by Growing Lettuce On the Spot
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61
Wiener Subway Maps
Wiener Subway Maps
Michael Hertz's Re-Designed Map Isn't Well Endowed
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60
Subterranean Subway Art
Subterranean Subway Art
Tracy Fitzpatrick's Virtual Tour of Art & Design in The NYC Subway
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59
Subway Ticket Art
Subway Ticket Art
138,000 Tickets Converted Into Astro Boy Pixel Art
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58
Abandoned Subway Art
Abandoned Subway Art
The Underbelly Project is a Secret NYC Gallery
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57
Parisian Protest Posters
Parisian Protest Posters
Activists Take Over Subway Billboards in Paris, France
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56
Emergency Subway Lights
Emergency Subway Lights
The Detachable Handle Light Makes for a Safer and Calmer Train Evacuation
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55
Subway Station Name Changes
Subway Station Name Changes
The Torontoist Pokes Fun at the Possible TTC Subway Stop Naming Rights
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54
Subway Web Surfing
Subway Web Surfing
WiFi Rail Makes Deal with BART for Underground Internet Access
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53
Deserted City Depictions
Deserted City Depictions
Roland Shainidze Captures Still Frames of Toronto Devoid of People
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52
Viral Dutch Beauty Ad
Viral Dutch Beauty Ad
Nivea Targets Metrosexuals
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51
Star Wars Subway Attacks
Star Wars Subway Attacks
Improv Everywhere Star Wars Video Stages a Galactic Takeover on the Metro
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50
Transit Map Jewelry
Transit Map Jewelry
NYC Metro Cuffs Make Navigating the Big Apple Easy
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49
Architectural Culture Hubs
Architectural Culture Hubs
Shenzhen Creative Centre Embraces Urbanity & Open Space
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48
Declarative Statement Posters
Declarative Statement Posters
'Wish Want Need Do Die' by Eric Gorvin Gives Orders
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47
Subway Slides
Subway Slides
HIK Ontwerpers Gives City Commuters a Post-Transit Thrill
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46
Virtual Subway Supermarkets
Virtual Subway Supermarkets
Homeplus Uses Clever Marketing Campaign to Become Number One
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45
Underground Art Galleries
Underground Art Galleries
The Platform at Degrave Street Subway Station
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44
Foldable and Stackable City Car Concept
Foldable and Stackable City Car Concept
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43
Geometric Subway Ceilings
Geometric Subway Ceilings
Hoshakuji Station in Japan Uses Plywood for Eye-Pleasing Details
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42
Globe-Trotting Tarpaulins
Globe-Trotting Tarpaulins
The Izola Map Shower Curtain Will Make Your Bathroom Charted Territory
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41
iPhone Turnstiles
iPhone Turnstiles
Tokyo Subway Entrance is Turned into a Gigantic iPhone Ad
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40
Subway Hoedowns
Subway Hoedowns
The Xylopholks Entertain New Yorkers In Furry Animal Costumes
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39
Transit Greenery
Transit Greenery
The Mobile Garden by Joe Baldwin Sweetens Chicago Air
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38
Suctioning Subway Stations
Suctioning Subway Stations
The Quicksand-Like Monte St Angelo Station in Naples
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37
Public Transit Furniture
Public Transit Furniture
'Subway Series' by 718 Made in Brooklyn Will Get You Places
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36
Subway Cars as Art Studios
Subway Cars as Art Studios
The Village Underground
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35
Automobile-Inspired Trains
Automobile-Inspired Trains
Warsaw Unveils Their New BMW Subway Cars
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34
Musical Subway Stairs
Musical Subway Stairs
Piano Stairs Encourage People to Get Some Exercise
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33
Sexist Subways
Sexist Subways
Women-Only Transit In Seoul
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32
Caped Crusader Commutes
Caped Crusader Commutes
Dean Gorissen Illustrates Superheroes Riding the Subway with Pedestrians
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31
Ceiling-Mounted Subway Maps
Ceiling-Mounted Subway Maps
GPS System Pinpoints Location on Subway Car Ceilings
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30
Traveling Transit Captures
Traveling Transit Captures
Appura Pai Uses Long-Exposure Photography While on the Subway
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29
Mini Urban Sculptures
Mini Urban Sculptures
Alan Wolfson Recreates Canal ST. Cross-Section With Mind-Boggling Detail
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28
Subway Street Art
Subway Street Art
The Take a Seat Project
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27
Metro Monsters
Metro Monsters
Alex Andreyev Shows the Life of Insects & Critters on the Subway
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26
Underground Ad Campaigns
Underground Ad Campaigns
Lay's Supports Local Potato Farming in Snack Food Production
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25
Surreal Subway Murals
Surreal Subway Murals
Million Dollar Design Transforms Underground Transportation With Graffiti
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24
Stylish Subway Entrances
Stylish Subway Entrances
Toulouse, France Introduces Modern Art to Public Transit
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23
Sassy Public Service Signs (UPDATE)
Sassy Public Service Signs (UPDATE)
The Jay Shells 'Metropolitan Etiquette Authority' Hits NYC
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22
Submerged Subway Shoots
Submerged Subway Shoots
Stephen Mallon Documents the End of the Line in his Photography
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21
Impromptu Playgrounds
Impromptu Playgrounds
San Franciso Pranksters Install Swings on BART Trains
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20
Levitating Bicycles
Levitating Bicycles
Remote-Controlled Wall Mounted Bike Locks Discourage Thieves
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19
Energy-Generating Subway Station Floors
Energy-Generating Subway Station Floors
East Japan Railway Harvests Power from Commuters
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18
Urban Subterranean Gardens
Urban Subterranean Gardens
The LowLine Underground Park Hopes to Recapture the Past Futuristically
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17
Public Urination Solutions
Public Urination Solutions
The Wheelie Bin Urinal Provides Designated Area to Relieve Oneself
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16
Transport-Savvy Braille Watches
Transport-Savvy Braille Watches
'Metro Dot' Helps the Visually Impaired Ride the Subway with Ease
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15
Awkward Transit Blogs
Awkward Transit Blogs
'Subway Douchery' Makes Taking the Subway Less Creepy
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14
Subway Courtesy Ads
Subway Courtesy Ads
The Japanese Etiquette Campaign Reminds You What Not to Do
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13
Subway Cart Fashion Shoots
Subway Cart Fashion Shoots
Alberta Ferretti Fall Campaign
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12
Interactive Transit Campaigns
Interactive Transit Campaigns
Beer Can Subway Ads in Tehran Use Mugs as Safety Handles
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11
Suggestive Sizevertising
Suggestive Sizevertising
Burger King ‘Big Boner' Commercial
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10
Subway Fashiontography
Subway Fashiontography
Greg Williams Captures Public Transportation Style
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9
Subway Art Museums
Subway Art Museums
The Stockholm Metro Brings Culture to Public Transit Stations
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8
Recycled Subway Spaces
Recycled Subway Spaces
Adam Kushner Uses Reclaimed Materials to Make an Epic Apartment
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7
Subway Living Rooms
Subway Living Rooms
Paris Metro gets a Makeover, Courtesy of IKEA
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6
Subway Floodvertising
Subway Floodvertising
Brazilian Advertising Campaign for the Movie 2012 Fakes Subway Flood
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5
No Pants Subway Ride
No Pants Subway Ride
900 Underground Underwear Enthusiasts in NYC
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4
Seductive Subway Spreads
Seductive Subway Spreads
The Vice Magazine 'Tubular Belles' Shoot is One Wild Ride
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3
Naughty iPad Ads
Naughty iPad Ads
Berlin iPad Adbusters Put Up a Scandalous Billboard in Rosenthaler Platz Subway
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2
Guerrilla Adbusting
Guerrilla Adbusting
Street Artists FTW-Crew Add Photoshop Toolbox to Subway Ads
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1
Living Paintings
Living Paintings
Alexa Meade Brings Art Alive With Realistic Acrylic Body Paint
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