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New York City Subway Information

The New York City Subway System is owned by the city of New York and it is the most extensive public transportation system with 468 stations in operation. The rapid transit system is the most efficient transport system in the entire world. The subway system serves 4.3 million people every day and more than 1 billion people use them per year. World’s oldest public transit system is the busiest rapid transit system in the US and in America. New York City Subway system is the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the World. The system in total contains metro rail route with a length of 337km. All the metro routes pass through Manhattan and most stations are served 24 hours a day.

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 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.

New York City Subway Map

New York City Subway Hours

The subway system offer service 24 hours per day and every day, recording higher annual ridership. During peak hours the subway is busiest and metro trains are available frequently. During off peak hours, the subway is less crowded. Though subway operates 24 hours every day, not all stations are accessible all the time.

New York City Subway Fare

A single fare will help metro riders to transfer the train at no extra cost. Passengers must swipe metro card while entering the subway system. The base fare is $2.50 and single use cards can be purchased at $2.75. Reduced fares are available for elderly and disabled people.

New York City Subway Parking

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

New York City Subway Rules and Tips

Passengers must stand back from the platform edge. During non rush hours, many trains have only a few cars and the front portion of every train will display the route number or letter. Passengers can purchase metro cards from vending machines. The local train will stop at each station and express trains will skip some stops. Taking photographs or recording videos are banned inside the train and at every station. The subway system provides free WI-Fi facility to passengers at 6 stations.

New York City Subway Resources

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