Two very different projects show how public transportation connects the boroughs and moves the residents of NYC.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is North America's largest public transportation system; every day, over 8.5 million passengers take a subway, bus, or train across the five boroughs of New York City. Nearly 400 different routes transverse the urban metropolis, taking residents and tourists from Times Square to JFK, Harlem to Dumbo, and Wall Street to Staten Island.

The MTA and it's activity reflects that of its inhabitants- rarely resting and ‘on' for twenty-four hours of the day, seven days of the week. The map of activity also reflects the very shape of the city, defining the contours of the boroughs by its various routes. YouTube user STLTransit recently created a video that visualizes 24 hours of activity on the MTA:

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