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A Beginner’s Guide to NYC Transportation

By Dansker & Aspromonte

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New Yorkers have a reputation to be aggressive, “take no prisoners” attitude drivers. Think of the movie Taxi Driver, or any movie for that matter that shows tourists trying to navigate the populated city blocks. Yellow taxi cabs are synonymous with the big apple, these days however there are as many transportation options as there are new pizza joints to try. Be wary though, if you don’t venture in equipped with at least the basic transportation knowledge, you may find yourself contacting a car accident lawyer.

Planes, trains, and automobiles, you can find all of these and then some in the city that never sleeps. If you choose to do so, you could travel through the city via bus, MTA Subway, taxi, car, bike, or even horse drawn carriage. As a first-time visitor, what are your best options? This of course depends on where you would like to go, and how much money you would like to spend. The classic and direct option would be hailing a cab.

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There are over 50,000 drivers who transport up to 600,000 passengers a day. Taxis are convenient, you can hail them from anywhere on the street, or via online accessibility as well. On any given street corner, you will see plenty of taxis passing through. The average fare a passenger should expect pay is $13.40, this amount is metered and is dependent on how many miles you travel. You may pay a taxi driver in cash, or with a card, but know that it is polite to tip a driver, especially during rush hour or troublesome weather. If you choose taxis as your main source of transportation you should expect it to be easy, but a bit on the price side compared to walking or the MTA Subway. There is also slight risk associated with taxi’s, as car accidents are a prevalent tourist accident that occurs. Don’t worry about that too much as you can always contact a car accident lawyer. Other than an official NYC cab, you do have the option of utilizing a modern app such as Uber or Lyft to catch a ride. There fares, and divers are not regulated by the city, but can be cheaper or sometimes quicker. If you are trying to get the full NYC experience and are looking to save a bit of money, the MTA Subway is where you will find yourself.

The subway can be intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming for any tourist, understandably. With a basic understanding of the system if can prevail to be entirely convenient and cost-effective for a traveler. Subway entrances and exits are signified by black signs with route information or white or green globe lamps. First, know that most employees or residents can easily direct you to where you need to go if you get too lost. Secondly, understand that you will need a Metro Card, it is $2.75 per ride, you can put a certain amount of trips on the card, or a specific dollar amount, you can purchase these cards at any subway station ticket booth or Metro Card vending machine. Once you are down there and have a metro card it is important to understand exactly where you need to go and how to get there, the subway lines are color coordinated, and the stations are labeled. NYC is built like a grid and has different boroughs that indicate what direct or where you are headed. Use the maps and employees to your benefit, and travel safely.

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