We're going to take a leap of faith and say that you don't gasp in awe each time the subway zooms past. But with the help of some long exposure photography, suddenly trains look less like a claustrophobic mode of transportation and more like a hypnotic light ray from another planet.
For this stunning revelation, we thank photographer Aaron Durand. In his series "Trains in Motion," Durand captures trains charging full speed ahead, their illuminated windows and headlights forming solid, neon streaks against the black night sky. The otherworldly beams of light stretch across bridges, curl around street corners and zip through tunnels, turning urban landscapes into an ethereal playground. It's hard to imagine housed insides those rays of light are crammed passengers fighting for seats, don't you think?
See public transit at its most enchanting below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.