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Old 10-14-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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Default How do you use the subway?

Could anyone give this English expat an easy guide to the NYC subway please. What's the cheapest way of using it? Do kids have to pay? And how on earth do you know which train to get on?
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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Where are you going on the subway? How long do you plan on being in the City? You can get a subway map at most NYC libraries or tourist centers in Manhattan

I would say get an 7 day unlimited metro card if you plan on being here 7 days.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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The most important things to understand about the subway are (1) the difference between express and local trains, and (2) if a station entrance only has access to trains going in one direction, which entrance to use.

New York is one of the few subways in the world that has a four-track system. Multiple lines from the boroughs converge in central Manhattan into trunk-lines. Some of these trains run express (skip stops) and some run local. Some express trains are really, really express and if you get on the wrong train you can end miles from your destination and have to backtrack. For example, the A Train runs express from 59th Street to 125th Street during the day.

On the subway map, express stations are a marked with a white circle and local stations with a black circle. You also need to know that it's the "line," (named with a number or letter) and not the trunk-line or "color" that's important. The colors only indicate how the trains converge in central Manhattan.

Another difficulty is that many local station entrances only have access to trains going in one direction. To get a train in the opposite direction you have to leave the station, cross the street, and pay another fare (or wait 15 minutes with an unlimited MetroCard). Stations are clearly marked "Uptown Only" or "Downtown Only," but many tourists don't read the signs.

A way to tell which entrance to use is to remember that (unlike the UK) trains travel on the right. Say you want to catch a train at a local stop and go up Broadway. Stand on street you want (Broadway), look in the direction you want to go (north, aka, uptown) the station entrance you want will be on the right side of the street. Once you're in the city for a while you'll develop an innate sense of uptown / downtown / eastside / westside. Similarly, local trains use the right track and express train use the left track.

It sounds very complicated, but it's actually easy to use once you understand how the system is designed.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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mta.info | Subway Map

That's the link to the subway map and should also lead you to general information. Are you coming here to live or visit?
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:48 AM
 
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hopstop.com

It doesn't get any easier than this.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: nyc
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you need to sit down and study a map in y our free time, then you need to know downtown means brooklyn bound,(south) and uptown is going to the bronx, anything else is cross town to queens/ bk. weekends are screwy and things change so thats just something you have to check on . otherwise if i knew what area you lived in and where you went frequently i could give you basic pointers, the map looks complicated but its really not, the solid black dots indicate stops that the train makes at all times, others may be only during rush hour etc.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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if you have a smart phone, just google map your direction using the public transportation option
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:11 AM
 
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Following the map is not as difficult as people make it sound. Just check the key to see if a particular station is designated as express or local, so you'll know if your train is going to stop there. And kids under six don't have to pay.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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On the subway map, express stations are a marked with a white circle and local stations with a black circle. You also need to know that it's the "line," (named with a number or letter) and not the trunk-line or "color" that's important. The colors only indicate how the trains converge in central Manhattan.

A way to tell which entrance to use is to remember that (unlike the UK) trains travel on the right. Say you want to catch a train at a local stop and go up Broadway. Stand on street you want (Broadway), look in the direction you want to go (north, aka, uptown) the station entrance you want will be on the right side of the street. Once you're in the city for a while you'll develop an innate sense of uptown / downtown / eastside / westside. Similarly, local trains use the right track and express train use the left track.

It sounds very complicated, but it's actually easy to use once you understand how the system is designed.
sorry excuse my ignorance , do the white stops on the map mean that the Express train actually stops at that station or o ly that it hoes through that station without stopping.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: NYC, NY
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sorry excuse my ignorance , do the white stops on the map mean that the Express train actually stops at that station or o ly that it hoes through that station without stopping.
White means that all trains stop there, both express and local.
Black means that only local trains stop, express trains pass by.
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