New York City Subway

New York City Subway Information

The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system in New York City, USA. The system began operations on 27 October 1904, and presently has 34 lines that serve 468 stations. The system has around 373 km (232 miles) of route length. The system is owned by New York City and is operated by New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). As per 2013 statistics, the system had an average weekday ridership of 5.5 million passengers and an annual ridership of 1.71 billion rides. The metro system is also one of oldest transit systems in the world.

New York City Subway Map

Map of New York City Subway showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. You may also Download New York City Subway Map in PDF.

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New York City Subway Hours

The subway operates 24 hours a day and the frequency of trains is 2-5 minutes during peak times from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The frequency is about 5 minutes from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, around 5-15 minutes from 8:00 pm to midnight, and 20 minutes between midnight and 6:30 am.

New York City Subway Fare

The metro system follows a ‘pay per ride’ system irrespective of the distance travelled and the time taken to complete the journey. This means that the riders have to pay once, when they enter a station and can transfer between trains without paying any extra fare. If they exit a station and enter again, the fare needs to be paid. Riders can pay using MetroCard that has to be swiped at the entrance of the subway system, and does not have to be swiped at exits.

The MetroCard is a stored value card and can be charged at stations booth or vending machines. A single base fare for adult is 2.50$ when paid with a Pay Per Ride MetroCard. This card can be charged from 5$ to 80$, when charged at station booth and from 5$ to 100$, when charged at vending machines. Riders can also purchase single use cards or a single ride ticket, which can be purchased for 2.75$. It can be purchased only from vending machines.

Passengers can also purchase 7-day or weekly cards for 30$.The discounted price or reduced fare for this card is 15$. It provides unlimited rides for seven consecutive days after the first use. A 30-day or monthly cardcan be purchased for 112$. The reduced fare is 56$. This card provides unlimited rides for a period of 30 consecutive days after first validation.

A 7-day Express Bus plus MetroCard costs 55$ and provides unlimited rides on the express bus, metro and local buses for seven consecutive days after the first use.

Senior citizens and people with eligible disabilities can avail discounts and have to pay reduced fares.

Up to 3 children 44 inches tall and under can ride the subway for free, when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

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New York City Subway Parking

The subway system offers park and ride facilities outside each station.

New York City Subway Rules and Tips

All metro stations have a Customer Information Center bulletin board at which passengers can get a subway map and information about train schedules. Bicycles can be carried on the metro. The MetroCards have to be swiped at the turnstiles. Photography and video filming is prohibited inside the metro network.

New York City Subway Lines

The entire route of the subway system is not built completely underground. The metro lines are similar to that of the train route. The lines or routes are recognized by letter or names or by number. New York City Subway system offers 24 train services to the passengers. The present network system serves 4 or 5 boroughs of New York City.

  • IND Sixth Avenue Line – The bright orange line is of B division and it runs under Sixth Avenue in Manhattan towards Brooklyn. B, D, F and M provides services through this route.
  • IND Eighth Avenue Line – The blue line is a part of B division and it was the first line of independent subway systems. The line runs from 207th street in Inwood towards south of High street in Brooklyn Height. A, C and E provide services through this route.
  • BMT Broadway Line – The yellow line is of B division and it is served by three services N,Q,R. The line operates between east of the Lexington Avenue/59th street and south of Whitehall Street-South Ferry.
  • IRT Broadway Seventh Avenue Line – The red line is one of the line that stretches from South Ferry in Lower Manhattan towards north of Van Cortlandt Park- 242 Street in Riverdale. The line serves 1,2 and 3.
  • BMT Canarsie line – The gray line is about BMT division and it served “L” train all the time. It operates between Eighth Avenue Roackaway Parkway.
  • IND Crosstown Line – The line belongs to B division and it offers service between Brooklyn and north western Queens. “G” offer service through this line.
  • IRT Flushing Line – The purple line operates as a part of IRT division and it is designated as route 7. The line operates between Flushing and Main Street Times Square.
  • IRT Lexington Avenue Line – It is one of the lines of IRT division operating from Downtown Brooklyn towards 125th street in East Harlem. The line is served by 4,5,6.
  • BMT Nassau Street Line – The line is of B division and served all the time by J and Z. The line operates between Essex Street and Broad Street.
  • Shuttles – The line is designated as S and it offers short services to passengers during off hours, late nights and weekends.

New York Subway Pictures

New York City Subway Resources

  1. New York City Subway on Wikipedia
  2. Official website of New York City Subway