New York: Getting There & Around
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for more information.
map and lines.
- NJ Transit (800/772-2222)
Call or visit www.njtransit.com
for the station nearest you. Map of the rail
- N.Y. Waterways (800/533-3779)
crosses the Hudson River between Manhattan and Weehawken,
every 15 minutes (every 10 minutes during peak morning and
evening hours) and provides great skyline views. The cost
each way is $5 to midtown, $6 to downtown, plus $5 for parking.
The $1.50 bus fare is payable with exact change (no bills),
a token or the MetroCard. Guide-A-Ride signs, showing bus
stops and transfer points along a route, are posted at most
stops. Ask the driver for free bus transfers upon paying
your fare. Buses run uptown on Tenth, Eighth, Sixth, Madison,
Third and First avenues, and downtown on Ninth, Seventh,
Fifth, Broadway, Lexington and Second avenues. Some of the
major crosstown bus routes are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 49th/50th,
57th, 65th, 79th, 86th and 96th streets.
Taxis are convenient, relatively inexpensive and, with the
exception of rush hours and rainy days, easy to find.
All taxicabs that are yellow in color, are equipped with
a roof sign that indicates availability.
-- Sign is lit, the cab is available;
-- Sign is not lit, the cab is occupied;
-- Sign reads “Off Duty,” the cab is not picking up passengers.
The metered fare covers up to four passengers and is calculated
by 1/5 miles and a time factor. In addition to the regular
fare, there is a 50-cent surcharge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Subway trains in Manhattan run daily, 24 hours a day. Fares
are payable with tokens ($1.50 each in change) or with the
MetroCard, a prepaid plastic fare card. Unlimited-ride MetroCards
are available for one-day ($4), seven-day ($17) and 30-day
($63) periods; Tokens and MetroCards are sold at subway
stations, newsstands and other neighborhood stores displaying
the MetroCard sign.
Subway, bus and neighborhood maps
are posted inside stations, and maps are available at token
booths in stations.
NYC Transit recommends these safety strategies:
• Don’t flash your cash.
• Keep your wallet out of sight, not in back pocket.
• Necklaces and jewelry should be worn under shirts and
• Stand clear of the platform edge and don’t wait for the
train at the end of the platform.
• Carry bags in front of you and beware of any commotions:
They could be staged to distract you.
• When few people are on the train, ride in the car with
the train operator or the conductor.
• If you’re jolted, check your belongings: Your pocket may
have been picked.
• Call out immediately if your pocket is picked to warn
the conductor and other passengers that a pickpocket is