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I honestly think your version is - for certain purposes - a "Verschlimmbesserung" of the original, depending on what message should be transported.

While more attractive to look at, the visual effect is not as alarming as in the original. While the original chart reveals the way you end up with a conclusion, the second one only shows the result - leaving out the visual comparison to the previous years by treating them as the 0.

However, I like the message in the title, strongly supported by the absolute scale.


Re metrics on the NYc subway, there are more in last week's long piece on the MTA's declining performance in the NYT

A few graphcs have a lot of information and are still succinct, graphically. The decreasing on-time performance of each line is helpful.

Other ones that combine multiple graphs together are somewhat confusing.

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