New York City Subway (Guide)

The New York City Subway represents the central public transportation system in the area. It is considered as one of the largest and oldest transportation systems in the world. With approximately 5.5 million riders on weekdays, it is one of the primary transportation means for the majority of tourists and locals. A subsidiary of The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is responsible for the operation of the system.

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Stations

The New York City subway is composed of three formerly separate systems that merged in 1940. Officially the system counts 472 stations. However, some transfer stations are classified as two or more stations known as "station complexes" within the terminology of the NYC Subway. If station complexes are counted as one, then the total number will be 424. Several stations that were once operated are currently closed and out of order. The new NYC Subway stations are considered as part of the second avenue subway and are situated on Second Avenue at 72nd, 86th, and 96th streets. These stations were opened in 2017. Four hundred seventy stations are served 24 hours a day. All 275 of subway stations in New York are typically accessed by staircases that go down from the ground level. A typical NYC station has waiting platforms that are usually ranging from 480 to 600 feet. Because of the large number of transit lines, one platform may serve more than one service. Passengers should look at the signs that are conveniently hung at the platform entrance steps to see which trains stop there and when, and at arriving train to see which train it is. Some stations include two different levels that are separating the platforms of various services or/and directions. For example, trains of two different lines may be divided into two different levels. Trains of two different directions can also be separated on two levels, with a cross-platform interchange on each level. Services For offering the convenience to the riders, differe

Lines

In the NYC Subway terminology, a "line" means the physical trackage used by trains that are used by lettered or numbered services. Currently, the company or division names are not used publicly, when the line names may be used occasionally. The services that are running on certain lines tend to change periodically, but the lines refer to static trackage. Therefore the line represents the physical structure of tracks that trains run over. Every section of the system is assigned with a unique name that necessarily starts with its first division (IND, IRT, or BMT). For example, the line that runs under Eighth Avenue is called the IND Eighth Avenue Line. During the time, some lines have changed their names and divisions, but this happened relatively rarely. Service in the subway terminology refers to the route which the train takes across the various lines. A service can operate along various lines and even different divisions. For example, the R service is running along the IND Queens Boulevard Line. Currently, the New York City Subway includes 36 different rail lines. The 63rd Street Lines and the Archer Avenue Lines are both classified as two separate lines because of their structure. Both lines are available to serve two divisions on distinct sections of track. Each line has a specific color and name. For example, the 8th Avenue line is always blue when Broadway 7th Avenue is always red. Due to the number of lines, even locals frequently don't know the official name of the line. However, even though it migh

Ticketing

There are three different ways of purchasing a MetroCard. MetroCard is a thin card made of plastic and can be operated in two modes: Regular and Unlimited Ride. Regardless, the mode card looks the same, so it is not possible to see the difference before swiping it at a card reader. Both types of cards cost $1. MetroCards can be purchased at any subway station at a staffed ticket booth or a vending machine that is located inside the station. However, riders should consider that the smaller machine does not accept cash when with large machines, it is possible to pay with both cash and credit cards. Pay-Per-Ride The Regular MetroCard is also referred to as a Pay-Per-Ride card and can be shared between four people. For sharing the card, it should be swiped maximum four times to let several people through the turnstiles. Pay-Per-Ride cards can also be used for other public transportation such as buses. Users can keep on adding value to the card whenever their balance is running low. However, when buying a card, passengers should consider that the $1 cost of the card cannot be used to pay for the rides. Unlimited Ride Cards Unlimited Ride cards are providing the convenience of riding the subway as often as required, as long as the time window purchased for the card hasn't passed. There are two-time window options: Seven-day Unlimited Ride costs $33, excluding a $1 fee for the card. The price for the thirty-day unlimited ride is $127 without a $1 fee for the card. The time window activates only after the first swipe of th

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New York City Subway (Guide)

The New York City Subway represents the central public transportation system in the area. It is considered as one of the largest and oldest transportation systems in the world. With approximately 5.5 million riders on weekdays, it is one of the primary transportation means for the majority of tourists and locals. A subsidiary of The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is responsible for the operation of the system.

The subway system frequently is referred to as the "trains" and never as the tube, underground or metro.

The NYC Subway is currently operating in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx and never leave New York City.

Every day, more than 4.5 million passengers are using the subway in New York. Regardless of how crowded it is, the subway in New York is considered to be the one institution that locals or tourists could not do without.

History

At 02:35 pm on October 27, 1904, Mayor George McClellan took the controls on the inaugural run of New York's innovative new rapid transit system, today known as the subway.

While Boston built the first subway system in the U.S. and London boasted the world's oldest underground train network, NYC managed to become the most significant American system.

On the evening of the opening day, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 paid to take their first ride under Manhattan. The first line that was operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit company traveled more than nine miles through 28 stations.

In 1905 IRT services expanded to the Bronx. Since 1968 the subway network has been controlled by the MTA.

Currently, the system includes 26 lines and 468 stations. The network is one of the most extended Subway systems, and overall contains 245 miles of routes.

Interesting facts

  • Only about 60% of NYC subway is underground
  • NYC subway ranks as the seventh for number of annual subway riders
  • The A train represents the longest route in 31-miles
  • New York City Subway System includes nine ghost stations
  • Top ten busiest subway stations are all in Manhattan
  • Putting feet on the seat is considered as crimes and police can arrest the passenger
  • In 1953 the subway started taking tokens instead of coins
  • Before Union

    NYC's first subway network was made up of three different companies that were competing against each other. The train is relatively wide when the one train is relatively narrow. The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), Independent Rapid Transit Railroad (IND) and Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) lines were operating independently until 1953. Even though New York's first official subway line is considered to be the IRT, which started its operations in 1904, the elevated E.I. ran up and down 9th. Avenue and Greenwich street since 1870. Currently, IND and BMT form the lettered lines, when old lines of IRT represent numbered ones.