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New York subway maps go high-tech with touch screens (pictures)

Tucked away inside New York City's 42nd Street Grand Central subway station is a novel sight: a series of computerized maps with interactive touch screen.

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New York subway maps go high-tech and touch screen

Posted at certain locations within the 42nd Street Grand Central subway platform, the MTA's new interactive map kiosks offer smart directions to strap-hangers.
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Let's get on the go

The New York MTA calls these new kiosks "On The Go Travel Stations."
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Regular or fancy commuter trains

The On The Go kiosks offer info for regular subway and fancier Metro North commuter trains.
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Head to a popular place

You can navigate directly to a popular point of interest.
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A massive touch screen

Riders use their fingers to drag the map around and zoom into places they want to go.
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See where you are

The kiosks tell you where you are and help direct you to your destination.
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Choose your route

If you don't like the route the kiosk suggests, choose another one.
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Stay in the loop

The interactive maps will also display service changes and alerts in case of a delay -- which, of course, never happens, right?
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Directions in detail

You can also see a play-by-play of your route and how long it should take.
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Ready to go

After consulting the On The Go Travel Station, it's time get moving.

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