NYC subway map
Map of NYC subway system. NYC subway map (New York - USA) to print. NYC subway map (New York - USA) to download. The subway system is the main public transportation system in NYC. NYC subway is one of the oldest and largest public transportation systems in the world (in terms of number of stations). With some 5.5 million riders on a given weekday, it is one of the primary modes of transportation for the majority of New Yorkers and tourists. The system is operated by a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The subway system is usually just referred to as the "trains." Locals say "I can take the train to your place" to generally mean that they take the subway. The subway is never referred to as the metro, underground, or tube as its shown in NYC subway map.
While the subway system is the primary mode of transportation in NYC, it is not the only transportation system in the greater metropolitan area. Other large, train-based transportation systems exist in this area that you might confuse with the NYC subway include the following: AirTrain JFK/Newark, Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Metro-North Railroad, New Jersey Transit, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) as its mentioned in NYC subway map.
The NYC subway system operates in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. It never leaves NYC. You have to take one of the commuter trains mentioned previously to do so. However, the NYC subway system operates on the same farecard as the regular subway system: there is a free transfer between the two systems as its shown in NYC subway map (you pay only once in one system, and the second swipe with the same farecard within two hours will be free in the other system).
The NYC subway system has been an iconic representation of American metropolitan transportation since its opening in 1904 as you can see in NYC subway map. Subways provide a solution to crowded cityscapes, offer a cheaper alternative to cabs and cars (which place the cost of gasoline, parking, and insurance on one commuter instead of many), and allow people to live in one borough and work in another. Woven into books, movies, and popular culture over its hundred-year existence, the NYC subway system has bled into other areas of history while simultaneously creating its own.
The first line of the NYC subway was built using the "cut-and-cover" process: open excavation, blasting, and brute work by men with pickaxes at night followed by removal of debris by day. Several obstacles hindered construction and required rerouting of NYC subway, including sewer and water lines, gas and electrical mains, natural bedrock, building foundations, the Columbus Monument, and occasional basements and bank vaults (see NYC subway map).