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New York City Transportation

New York City Transportation

New York Transportation


The transportation system of New York City is a collaboration of complex systems of infrastructure. New York City, being the most crowded city in the United States, has a transportation system which includes one of the largest subway systems in the world.

Amtrak New York City

Amtrak runs to and from New York City's Penn Station, which is located on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. From Penn Station you can take multiple other means of transportation such as bus, taxi, and subway. New high-speed trains, Acela Express, are available for those traveling on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor, which includes for example Philadelphia and Boston. You'll get the best rates if you book early, even up to six months in advance. On the high-speed trains, you can get to Boston in as little as three hours. Amtrak is an easy and comfortable way to travel interstate and quite affordable as well. Take a day trip to Pennsylvania to see relatives while you're in New York, or take a fieldtrip to Washington D.C. and check out the White House. Amtrak is a low cost way of traveling and getting to and from several metropolitan cities in the Northeast will rarely cost you more than $100.


Quick Facts:

Fare example: $49 to and from Boston

Amtrak ran their first train on May 1, 1971.

Horse Carriage Rides

On 59th Street at Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues, you can catch a romantic horse carriage ride through Central Park. It's a pleasant and easy way to be shown around one of the most visited parks in the world. The rides are most popular when the weather is nice during spring and fall seasons, but run all year around. The carriage rides seats up to four people and pets are allowed. Most horses are born and bred in Amish Country, Pennsylvania, and are very well taken cared of. Rides outside of the park are only allowed after 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and after 8 p.m. on Sundays. Prices can vary so be sure to ask before hopping on. Many marriage proposals have taken place in this NYC attraction and they are featured in many movies and TV shows.


Example fare:

$35 for the first 20 minutes and an additional $10 for 15minutes extra

MTA Bus System New York City

New York City's bus system, MTA, is very extensive and carriers around 2 million people every single day. There are 200 routes, if not more, and more than 30 express routes. There are over 5,900 buses that run these routes to accomodate the millions of people who travel every day. The buses run on compressed natural gas and clean air diesel, which makes them the cleanest mass transit in the nation. The busiest station for buses is the Port Authority Bus Terminal by Times Square, which is a gateway for commuter buses into New York City. You can use your MetroCard on all buses, or dollar bills and coins. Look out for the fixed-route buses as they don't accept cash money. Lines to and from Times Square are M6, M7, M10, M11, M16, M20, M27, M42, M104.


Quick Facts:

Regular adult fare is $2

All transfers are good for two hours.

New York City Subway

Boston was the first city to implement a rapid transit system, and soon after that NYC opened its first subway track. It's the largest system on the planet, if you measure by how how many tracks there are. The underground trains run 24 hours a day and is one out of only three in the world that runs around the clock. There are 26 subway lines that runs through all the neighborhoods, except Staten Island. The subway and buses have the same payment method, the MetroCard, and it's valid on all of those transportation methods. Previously, tokens were used as a mean of traveling, but the MetroCards have fully replaced them now. You load you fare electronically on the card. To get to and from Times Square / 42nd Street, you can take line 1, 2 , 3, and 7. It's the busiest station in all of NYC.


Quick Facts:

Runs 24-hours

Busiest stop is Times Square/42nd St.

New York City Taxis

The yellow cabs of New York City are as much of a landmark as The Statue of Liberty. It's a great way of transportation if you don't want to deal with the bus or the subway. Cabs can be hailed on any street at any time, as long as you find an empty one and you don't have to fight with other people to get it. It will take you right to where you want to go, which is another benefit from taking public transport. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. there's a $1 surcharge and make sure you leave a 15 to 20 percent tip. You're best of paying cash, even though many of the taxis now have credit card machines. Make sure you know where you're going before telling the driver the address -- some drivers have been known to take extra long routes when they know their customers are tourists. However, you should listen to the driver if he suggest alternative routes, since these guys spend between eight and ten hours in the car every day and know where the worst traffic is.



Always make sure the meter is on at the start of the ride.

Ask for a receipt, it may come in handy if you have a complaint.

The driver is obligated to take you to the desired destination.

The driver is not allowed to smoke while you're in the car.

The driver is obligated to turn off the radio per your request.

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

Port Authority Trans-Hudson takes you to and from Manhattan and Hoboken, New Jersey, Jersey City, Harrison, and Newark. PATH has four lines and unfortunately there are no free transfer between PATH and other public transportation methods. It operates 24 hours a day, just as the subway does. It's managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and carries 240,000 passengers on a regular weekday. Many stations are cojoined with subway stations in NYC as well as the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in New Jersey.


Quick Facts:

Runs 24-hours

Passengers traveling on PATH every year: 71.6 million in 2007 .

Staten Island Ferry

Over 20 million people ride on the Staten Island Ferry every year. It runs between Whitehall Street on Manhattan to St. George on Staten Island. It's the only off-road transportation to Staten Island from Manhattan. The trip takes you about 25 minutes and is set up by the city of New York to transport Staten Island residents to and from Manhattan. While the ferry is meant for commuters, you'll get an amazing view of the city from the water and it's short enough even for the most seasick prone. You'll see The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the boat. The ferry runs on average 109 trips per day and terminal maintenance is performed daily. The ride is free so this is an easy and fun way to spend some time while in New York on a budget.


Quick Facts:

More than 35,000 trips are made every year on the Staten Island Ferry

60,000 passengers take the ferry every day

Transportation To and From JFK

You're best off taking airport transportation, rather than MTA buses or the subway, when going to and from JFK Airport. Even though the subway to and from this airport doesn't run through any particularly shady neighborhoods, there are transfers and sometimes long walks. If you do opt for the subway, remember that it may be difficult if you have more than one piece of luggage or have small children with you. At the JFK arrival terminal, there's a Ground Transportation Information desk that helps you find the ground transportation you want. A ride on the airport shuttle take around 40 minutes. Taking a taxi is very easy as well and you'll find signs leading you to the taxi stands by the ground transportation at the airport. It costs more than the bus but may be more convenient. Remember to tip between 15 to 20 percent.


Quick Facts:

Bus fare: Around $15

Taxi: $45 flat rate plus tip and toll

Train: $5

Transportation To and From LaGuardia Airport

Don't take the subway or MTA bus to and from LaGuardia, unless you're traveling without luggage and you're comfortable passing through unpleasant neighborhoods. No matter what, do not take this form of transportation early in the morning or late at night. Shuttles and airport buses are available, just ask for the best transportation to you rdestination at the Ground Transportation Information at the arrival terminal. The buses don't take more than 30 minutes and will run you around ten dollars. Shuttles are available for stops at your chosen destination in the city. If you opt for a taxi, they'll be metered so the cost depends on how far you're going. Remember to calculate extra time for any transportation during holidays and rush hours. You can also get a private car or limosine service where the driver meets you at baggage claim. Make sure you book 24 hours in advance.

Transportation To and From Newark Airport

Newark is catered by the AirTrain that is a fast and easy way to get to and from the airport. The cost is very affordable, between 10 and 15 dollars for an adult. The train takes about 15 minutes into Penn Station. The schedule is posted on monitors at the airport station and if you're going from Penn Station to the airport, ask the information counter what track you should go to. The train saves you at least $30 than if you would've taken a cab. However, if you do take a cab, remember to tip between 15 to 20 percent extra on the flat rate. The rate depends on where you're going from in New York City, but the fare will run you between $30-38. Toll is extra as well and be sure to allow for extra time during peak hours and holidays.


Quick Facts:

AirTrain Fare: $11.50 one way

Taxi: $30-38, metered, plus tip and toll