Mass Transportation Systems in New York City

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Mass Transportation Systems in New York City

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  • BatchFam
    Yukon, OK
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not buy the metro card. Ours was so finicky and flimsy that it rarely worked. We asked attendants for help and were told we’d have to mail it in for a refund. We used the tap and go omny option which was much better. No issues at all. We ride it a lot, mostly red and orange lines. Most of it is clean and safe for the largest city in the US. I used google to map routes and saved them.
    Written 31 May 2024
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  • NicolasD
    Rockville, MD
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 19 December 2022
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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 11 August 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 26 November 2021
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  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, NV
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The airport terminals have been renovated. Follow signage to bag claim and ground transportation. You'll have to look around to find the carousel for your bags. La Guardia is in Queens on the Long Island Sound. To get into the city take a taxi or a pre-arranged shuttle or car service. You can take public transportation but it's not suitable if you are a large party or have many bags. The Q70 is a free shuttle bus that goes directly to the 7, F and E trains. There are also slower local trains but stick to the express trains. One stop and you're at the train station. Check the MTA map to be sure to know which train is best for your location. You might want to transfer once in Manhattan. Unless you're a senior, student, or disabled, you can just tap a credit card for the train entry gates. But as of this date you can still buy a Metro Card from the machine. Put funds on or select a 7-day pass. Use the same credit card each time you enter a fare gate. There's some kind of sensible rule about going free after you use a certain amount of daily funds. Use the train a lot. Best way to get around. If you see an attendant at the station booth, ask for a subway map. That's it.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • DREW R
    Glasgow, UK
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 20 April 2023
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