Things you need to know about the NYC Transit (services that serve New York City)
1. Base fare for subway and local bus is $2.25 and express buses cost $5.50 per ride.
2. There are 468 subway stations in the four of five boroughs (The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens) Staten Island has it's own Railway.
3. There are 26 subway lines.
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4.There are 250 local bus routes (38 in the Bronx, 55 in Brooklyn, 41 in Manhattan, 84 in Queens, and 32 bus routes in Staten Island) and about 50 express bus routes that travel between the boroughs. Each bus route is identified by borough letter BX for Bronx, B for Brooklyn, M for Manhattan, Q for Queens, and S for Staten Island. X is the designation for Express buses.
5. Free transfers between buses and subways are valid within two hours.
6. Fare is payable by exact change only on buses and by Metrocard (the official card of the MTA)
7. 375 out of 468 subway stations can be connected by buses
8. Two types of Metro Card, pay-per-ride or unlimited rides. Unlimited rides are available for one day ($8.25), 7 days ($27), 14 days($51.50), 30 days ($89).
9. MetroCards generally do expire around one year after they are purchased, so please use them as soon as you buy them, (except unlimited cards)
10. Some station entrances are open 24 hours a day; these are labeled by a green globe. Station entrances that are not open 24 hours a day are labeled with a red globe, and exit only entrances are marked with a "Do Not Enter" sign.
Here are some rules now
1. Please pay the proper fare using your metrocard or exact change (only on buses), do not jump the turnstile or squish two people on the rotating gate door(on the subway) or enter through the rear doors of the bus. You risk a a $100 fine for fare evasion.
2. Do not walk or ride between subway cars. If you must switch cars do it at a station platform quickly.
3. Do not panhandle, or beg for money. Playing loud music or causing a distraction is prohibited.
4. Do not hold subway or bus doors open, let them close. You are delaying service. Do not ride outside the subway car or bus (surfing)
5. Using the emergency cord (or the brake handle in newer cars) in the subway is only necessary if someone is being dragged by the train, otherwise it'll delay service.
6. Walk, do not run on escalators, elevators, stairs and ramps.
7. Please if available take and use only one seat, do not put your feet or your bags on the empty seats.
8. When requesting a stop on the bus, push button, tape, or cord to signal for stop, when you are approaching your stop.
9. Please let passengers leave the subway car or bus before you board, and let others take your seat (especially for pregnant women or elderly) if they are carrying bulky items.
10. Getting to your destination: Please follow the signs for the subway/bus line that you wish to take.
11. You must show your ID card if requested, you risk arrest if you fail to comply.
12. Do not drink alcoholic beverages on bus or subway and no smoking either.
13. Do not enter tracks, tunnels, subway car cabs, and other non-public areas.
14. Do not damage subway or bus property, (graffiti, or scratch the windows).
15. No throwing garbage other than trash receptacles. (that's littering)
16. Don't ride a skateboard, bicycle, scooter, and roller blades on the bus or subway.
For safety measures
1. Keep your personal belongings at sight at all times.
2. Do not put your wallet on the back pocket.
3. Be careful about using electronic devices such as cell phones.
4. Use bags that have zippers on them to close, string bags are just not useful in security.
5. If you feel like you are being touched inappropriately, move away, and if that's the case, call the police.
6. If you are listening to your music player, turn the volume low so you can still be aware of your surroundings.
7. If you feel sleepy, stand up. Thieves thrive on stealing from sleeping passengers.
8. Emergency: call the bus operator on the bus or the train conductor (middle) or train operator (first car) using the emergency intercom controls (located inside the new subway cars) They'll summon police en route.
9. Wait for trains or buses at busy areas, don't wait at the extreme ends of the subway platform especially if trains are using fewer cars at non-busy hours, you'll miss your train if you wait at the ends; trains usually stop at the middle of the platform.
10. If you see something suspicious look for a police officer or a transit employee.
11. Avoid empty subway cars, if you can, and ride with other passengers.
12. If someone is following you unwanted, zigzag across the street or on the platform, change directions so the follower will have trouble following you.
13. When riding the subway/bus and you can't sit, hold on a pole or railing.
14. Do not enter tracks, the third rail carries 600 volts of electricity.
15, When using escalators, step off, don't ride off, you'll hurt your feet, and avoid the sides. Do not rest packages, or sit on the steps.
16. As of other doors, don't hold elevator doors or have other belongings interfere with them.
Remain Alert and have a safe day.