The New York City Subway seems to use a new LED signage system, according to this video page at Vimeo. Since I observed the first rows of huge, HD-resolution LCD screens showing the actual airline departure and arrival information at Chicago Airport, I started wondering how public signage will exploit upcoming display technologies like LED, LCD and OLED, and the high-resolution, full-color, fast-dynamic, high-contrast imagery they afford.
So, is this the best way to show actual location-based subway information?
The New York Subway signage is split into two halves: the left side of the panel shows where the train is at while the train is stopped with a flashing bounding box, and when it is in motion, it displays the 'next' stop. The name of the next 10 stops, in yellow, are displayed to the right. Each station name is accompanied with designation in green which shows the additional interchange lines and a red handicapped icon to designate accessibility access. You can watch the sign in action below.