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New York City Subway
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The NYC Metro is an efficient way to navigate the city for distanced too far to walk. Costs are $2.75/trip of any length loaded onto a reusable Metro card purchased simultaneously for $1 at first trip using cash or credit card at easy-to-use machines at any station . Various unlimited use options can be purchased.
Rarely is one more than a few blocks away from a stop. The red line runs up through the UWS to Morningside Heights and Harlem, the green and new Q line run up the UES, other lines well-marked in southern Manhattan and into Brooklyn. WiFi is free and reception excellent.
Cars and stations were quite clean, albeit not immaculate. By paying attention to one’s surroundings st no times did we feel at all unsafe. New York City today is among the safest cities in US.
Good maps are widely available both at subway stations and online. Most cars have the upcoming stops electronically updated as the train passes each stop. At complex stations signs are well posted to direct you, though it clearly is helpful to know in advance your planned route (also searchable by the usual Maps apps).

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Sorry NYC there is no comparison when you look at how the London Underground has progressed on terms of the subway. Not only are the cars still old and rocketry but no chip and pin???? No contactless and payment through the turnstiles, what era is this???? Using an old computerised system, roofs that leak and turnstiles that need desperate replacement. The subway should be so much quicker and smarter than this, get in the modern century and join those of us who want to power through the city not get caught up in it xxx

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

The New York City Subway system is fairly easy to get around in, if you check ahead of time for the schedules, where you want to go, and which trains (R, Q, E, etc ..) you need to catch. If are going to be in down town area, then "Uptown" and "Downtown" are the two key words. It is the quickest and least expensive way to get around the city area. Will see some amazing and or unique talent on the trains and in some of the larger stations, as well as some of the unfortunate. If coming from outside the New York City area, you can also use the NJ Transit system to get to 8th and 42nd, and then catch the subway in the same building. Overall was impressed with the easy of getting around using the public transit system, as from where we come from there is none of this. Best to travel during non commute hours if during the week, to avoid the crowded trains, after about 9:30 in the mornings, and before about 4:00 in the afternoons are the best times to ride.

Thank Rod B
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

We lived in NYC for 7 years and know the subway system well. When you take it everyday, several times a day you come to appreciate how bad it is. If it rains you can count on delays. If it snows the same. If it's summer, be prepared. Construction episodes abound. There wasn't a single day that a train wouldn't be delayed because of an "ongoing investigation". Many areas stink, lack elevators or have broke ones. In the winter you will find that most cars stink as hell because the population of homeless moves in. If you are a tourist you will see pieces of that, for sure. Will it make a difference in your overall experience? Likely not. For those paying for taxes and metrocards day in, day out it sure it does.

Thank bielinki
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

you need to know "uptown" and "downtown". After that it is all easy. As tourists, we found it easy and reliable. We bought metrocards easily and added value to them easily. The subway was clean and a bit dated. Like any public transport system, work out where you want to go beforehand and where you have to change. Follow the signs. No idea what it is like for commuters, but it worked well for us.

Thank David A
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