NYC Public Transportation

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NYC Public Transportation

New York City has a fantastic public transportation system, run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Millions of people use the subways, buses and ferries to get to work each day. In addition, tourists find public New York City transit a quick and cheap way to navigate New York's many sites. The sites in this section help make your New York City public transportation experience easy, interesting and as odor-free as possible.

Insights for NYC Public Transportation

  • The MTA often does most of its maintenance and repair late at night or on weekends, which means that some subway lines may skip stops or not be running at all. Check for service changes.
  • If you are going to be riding New York City public transportation twice a day or more (such as to and from work) buying an unlimited MetroCard is an economical way to go. MetroCards can be purchased at almost any subway station.
  • Buses only take exact (coin) change or a swipe from your MetroCard.
  • Traveling late at night? Be prepared to wait for New York City public transportation. Subways run less frequently and with different routes late at night. If you take the bus, however, you can ask the driver to let you off at any point along the route (not just at designated stops), if that will make your walk home easier.
  • New York City has a number of express buses that run between boroughs. These buses are a speedier alternative to a regular bus but are operated by a party other than the MTA and won’t take your MetroCard.
  • The Staten Island ferry is free. This is a fantastic way to get a great view of the city (including the Statue of Liberty), visit Staten Island, or catch a Staten Island Yankees game. Visit the New York City Department of Transportation for more information and schedules.
  • Only a handful of subway stations are wheelchair accessible but the buses are all “kneeling” (meaning they get lower to the ground to let passengers enter with ease) and have wheelchair lifts. Access-A-Ride provides transportation for people with disabilities; visit the Web site to learn more.

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