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Old 10-16-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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The easiest way is to use Google Maps to find transit directions, then choose the route that works best for you.

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My friend and I will be staying near 57th St and 6th Ave. What is the easiest way to get from there to downtown near the WTC site (and back)?

From what I can tell, either the M20 bus or the #5 train?
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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The easiest way is to use Google Maps to find transit directions, then choose the route that works best for you.
Actually, the easiest way is to look at the subway or bus map and figure it out. Tracing a colored line on a piece of paper isn't that hard...even for someone from the internet generation.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Actually, the easiest way is to look at the subway or bus map and figure it out. Tracing a colored line on a piece of paper isn't that hard...even for someone from the internet generation.
My last question was about how to tell a local vs express train, I've got the routes figured out. After watching some YouTube videos I see that many of the trains have lighted signs that specify "local" or "express", or a recorded announcement. If they don't, I'll just ask someone.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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My last question was about how to tell a local vs express train, I've got the routes figured out. After watching some YouTube videos I see that many of the trains have lighted signs that specify "local" or "express", or a recorded announcement. If they don't, I'll just ask someone.
Please don't use the system according to YouTube videos. The map has a key--look at the key, and you can tell which stations are express, which are local, and which trains make those stops.

I will tell you as a former conductor: asking passengers on the subway is not the best move you can make. If you absolutely cannot figure expresses or locals by yourself, go to the middle of the train (where the conductor's cab is) and ask him or her.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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Okay, take the R train @ Times Square (for example), where both the local and express stop there, are there separate tracks for the trains? And are there any signs saying which is which?

That'll be my last question I promise. LOL
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:21 AM
 
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Okay, take the R train @ Times Square (for example), where both the local and express stop there, are there separate tracks for the trains? And are there any signs saying which is which?

That'll be my last question I promise. LOL
The express trains run on the middle track; the local is against the wall.

There's an exception to this rule at 34 Street on the Eighth Avenue line (A,C,E) for example, where the express platform is an island...but the locals are still the trains against the wall.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:35 PM
 
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Okay, take the R train @ Times Square (for example), where both the local and express stop there, are there separate tracks for the trains? And are there any signs saying which is which?

That'll be my last question I promise. LOL
The locals generally stop against the wall and the expresses stop in the center.

Usually, there will be a sign saying something like:
(Q) Broadway Express to Coney Island all times

The "8th Avenue Local", "6th Avenue Express", etc designations generally apply only within Manhattan (e.g. A train can be local in Manhattan and express in Brooklyn), but since 90% of your travel will be within Manhattan, you shouldn't have a problem.

And don't worry, we enjoy answering your questions. Ask away!
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Arrived today around 1pm, I've already been on the R train twice as well as the S train, had no problems. It's only 6:30 but I'm pooped and ready for bed.
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