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Expat New York: Public Transportation Options

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Expats living in the New York Metropolitan area have a variety of public transportation options. Learn about the rail and bus systems near your home - or where you will live.

Expats living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will find convenient public transportation throughout the tri-state area. Whether you live in the city or outside of it, there are generally options available for most people.

People using public transportation in the New York City area generally keep to themselves and don't expect conversation from people they don't know. Remember, it's considered impolite to stare in the United States, and this is important especially when using the New York City Subway, PATH Trains and Buses.

Public Transportation in the New York City Area

New York City has an excellent public transportation system, which is called The Metropolitan Transit Authority(MTA), and most people enjoy not having to have a car in the city. Parking garages are expensive and street parking can be hard to find.

The MTA operates New York City's bus and subway lines, Long Island Railroad and Metro North (between New York City and the northern suburbs of New York and Connecticut). Metro North Railroad runs into Grand Central Station, and Long Island Railroad runs into Penn Station. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the PATH Train (Port Authority Trans Hudson) that runs between points in New Jersey and Lower and Mid-Town Manhattan.

New York City Subway Map [(PDF Version)]
Individual NYC Subway Line Maps
New York City Subway on Wikipedia

NYC Bronx Bus Service Guide (PDF)
NYC Brooklyn Bus Service Guide (PDF)
NYC Manhattan Bus Service Guide (PDF)
NYC Queens Bus Service Guide (PDF)
NYC Staten Island Bus Service Guide (PDF)

More Information about PATH:

PATH Trains on Port Authority official site
PATH Map on Port Authority official site
PATHon Wikipedia
PATH on Twitter

More Information about Metro North:

Metro-North Railroad on Facebook.
Metro-North Railroad on Twitter.
Metro-North Railroad on Wikipedia.

More Information about Long Island Railroad:

Long Island Railroad on Facebook
Long Island Railroadon Twitter
Long Island Railroad on Wikipedia

New Jersey Transit provides Train, bus and light rail services that connect areas in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. New Jersey Transit Rail runs into Penn Station as its city terminus.

More Information about New Jersey Transit:

NJ Transit Rail Map (PDF)
Hudson-Bergen NJ Transit Rail Map (PDF)
Newark Light Rail - NJ Transit Map (PDF) Newark Light Rail - NJ Transit Map (PDF)
River Line - NJ Transit Map (PDF)
Hudson County Bus - NJ Transit Map (PDF)
Morris County Bus - NJ Transit Map (PDF)
Passaic County Bus - NJ Transit Map (PDF)
New Jersey Transit on Facebook.
New Jersey Transit on Twitter
New Jersey Transit on Wikipedia.

Google Transit Maps offers a quick look at public transportation options (covers some services in NYC area).

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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