This is glorious.
Maryland native Chris Whong first visited New York City in 2007, then relocated in 2011 for grad school, but he never forgot his love for D.C.'s Metro map. This love inspired Whong to repurpose the New York City subway as the D.C. Metro Map.
He explained his project to Gothamist:
The DC Metro was my first mass transit love... I was that kid who had to be in the front car so I could watch the train operator and see the tracks through the front window. I've been a huge fan of maps (my undergrad degree is in GIS) and transportation for my entire life."
Whong said he simplified the New York City subway, D.C.-style, because he wanted to apply the aesthetically-pleasing method to NYC's transit system. Bless him for that.