Mass Transportation Systems in New York City

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Mass Transportation Systems in New York City

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  • Jim G
    Saint Louis, MO725 contributions
    We took one round trip and a one-way trip on the MMTS subway. It was clean, efficient and economical and, friends’ warnings notwithstanding, a pleasant way to reach our destinations. We even had to wait for contractors to clean the seats before the trip started. We are glad we tried the New York subway.
    Written June 11, 2023
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  • NicolasD
    Rockville, MD53 contributions
    We are visitors who stayed in Jersey City and spent the weekend in NYC. I wanted to offer our specific feedback regarding PATH's SmartLink cards, as out-of-towners who visit NYC once in a great while.
    - SmartLink cards are much more expensive than the MetroCard cards used for NYC transit.
    - MetroCard works on PATH trains.
    - SmartLink does NOT work on NYC transit (MTA buses, NYC subway).
    - PATH has a very limited number of stops in NYC.
    As a visitor, you will likely use PATH twice a day, likely to land either at the WTC or at 33rd & Broadway, then, likely, you will walk hours because Manhattan is an awesomely walkable place, and, likely, you will wish you could take a bus back to that PATH station that is hours away.
    SmartLink is good for commuters, visitors should use MetroCard.
    Written December 19, 2022
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  • The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
    Long Island, NY14,930 contributions
    The M50 is a crosstown bus that runs on 49th street westbound and 50th street eastbound. It traverses Rockefeller Center and just north of Times Square. The bus was on time and clean. To my surprise, the USB ports actually worked.

    I prefer riding the bus over the subway.
    Written August 11, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA15,889 contributions
    This modern extension of the system had received a lot of publicity and it sure took a long time to build. So I was happy to ride it. Very crowded and much-used, so I guess it is much-needed. The stations are big and clean, but not well-decorated. Much deeper than other stations, so the escalators were very welcome.
    Written November 26, 2021
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  • DallasMomDadKids
    Dallas, TX126 contributions
    My plane arrived at 3 and I had to meet a tour group in Manhattan at 4, so I was hustling and following the signage for Taxi's. Just before you exit the airport for the taxi line-up, a sleazy looking middle eastern guy asked me if I needed a taxi. I was in a hurry, so I said 'yes' and followed his direction to a large SUV at the curb. No markings. A female taxi driver put my bag in the back and then AFTER I was in the taxi informed me the ride to the New Yorker Hotel would be $85 plus tolls. The total bill came to $108.25. I must say, she got me there on time considering the traffic, but it was a Sunday afternoon, and I could have made it there at half the price (or for $2.75 if you take the Q70 bus to the Subway). For the return trip to the airport, I got the E subway from the hotel and connected to the (FREE) Q70 bus back to Terminal B. Cost $.00. So I at least cut my transfers expense in half that way.
    Written May 6, 2023
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  • DREW R
    Glasgow, UK334 contributions
    The bus terminal itself is quite well laid out and organised in terms of boarding and alighting but the reason i'v e given it a 3 is the staff. Do not expect any of the ticket office staff to be helpful in anyway shape or form. I was heading to Asbury Park for the day and thought it would be easier to try and buy a ticket from the ticket office. I asked for a return to Asbury Park to be told 'we don't go there' next question i asked was 'well what about to Freehold then where I have to change'. Response was ' try gray line or trailways we don't go there' Not to be undone, I googled the journey again, found the bus number, went to ticket machine and bough a return from NYC to Freehold on a NJ transit bus where, according to the bone idle ticket vendor they don't go to, got off at Freehold, bought a return ticket to Asbury Park on an NJ transit bus where t6hey don't go to.
    Moral of the story is, plan your journey before you go, you need the bus number to be able to buy a ticket from the machines. Don't waste time with the staff, you'll only get upset and end up missing your bus!
    Written April 20, 2023
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