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Update To NYC Subway Is Great For Both Visitors & Locals

by SharonKurheg

Joe and I visit New York City a lot – usually between 3 and 6 times per year. Besides the fact that we both grew up in the area and still have family and friends up there, we’re also big fans of Broadway shows.

Of course, shows only take up part of our trips (most often in the evenings). So we’ve found lots of other things to do during the day. In the past we’ve written about:

We don’t consider ourselves to be tourists when we visit NYC. We know how to get around, so we tend to avoid taking the bus (too slow with NYC traffic) or the tourist-centric “Hop On, Hop Off Bus,” and either take this cheap transportation that not many people know about or the NYC subway.

Y’all, we love taking the subway. And since NYC recently made it cheaper to ride, we love it even more. It’s convenient. It’s fast. And did you hear? They just made them even faster!

Starting July 4th, service on the 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines got sped up (here’s a map of the subway to see where all four lines run). It’s not for the greatest of reasons – ridership still isn’t what it was before COVID, so they don’t have to “wait” (they call it “dwell time”) at each station for as long to allow everyone off and on the trains.

The agency’s “Speed Team” has also been looking at where they can raise the speed limit on the tracks. They’re also retraining operators, so they know where and when they can go, say, 20mph instead of the 10mph they’ve been driving for their entire careers.

All told, you can expect to save up to 10 minutes on each line.

The A, D, N, Q, R and W lines, as well as the 1 and 6 trains also got speed updates, but they were smaller and probably not as noticeable. The L line is next on their list.

Whether you’re on your way to work or to visit Central Park, getting there faster is going to be beneficial for all involved.

Oh, and for anyone who says what they “really” need to focus on are the crime and homelessness situations, apparently, they’re doing that, too.

“We also have talked recently about adding cameras into our subway cars. We have 65 cars now with cameras, we’ll get to 100 in the next few weeks,” said NYC Transit President Rich Davey.

Feature Photo: Marcin Wichary / Wikipedia / CC BY 2.0

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Miamiorbust July 8, 2022 - 12:37 pm

If you are going to encourage people to use the system you should include the number of murders in the subway system this year and violent crime. The system is not like pre-2020. Anyone using subway should understand the risk. People with mental illness in the subways is huge problem that cannot be controlled for by simply being cautious. For people visiting for a few days and only taking a few trips, exposing yourself to increased risk doesn’t make a lot of sense. Just pay up for taxi or uber. Or vacation somewhere else.

SharonKurheg July 8, 2022 - 2:00 pm

The most recent numbers I can find are from the NY Times, May 24th – 4 homicides in the NYC system in 2022 so far. The NYPD has the crime statistics in their site every month – the latest is from June, of May: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/news/p00050/nypd-citywide-crime-statistics-may-2022

Frankly, a lot of tourists have always been too afraid to take the subway, regardless of statistics…even when it was comparatively “safe.” They think Harlem is 100% unsafe as well, so…

But for those who aren’t afraid, or need/want to save time by taking a subway instead of sitting in traffic, at least they’ll be in the subway for that much less time.

Christian July 9, 2022 - 1:06 am

As someone who is a tourist in New York, I was hoping the good news was the subway directly connect to both city airports. The hassle of getting to Manhattan compared to say, Chicago from ORD, is pretty substantial. Hell, even Miami has a rail connection directly to the airport.


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