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After years of holiday-riding the Paris metro I was curious what I would think of MTA NYC subway.

Due to shape of Manhattan and the geographic location of Central Park the subway (in Manhattan) is imo a total 'no-brainer'
even I couldn't screw it up.

Seems like no matter what your destination, you're only going uptown or downtown on either the east or west side of Central Park; or crosstown on the L or 7 / Shuttle.

3 lines running north / south:
(the 1-2-3; the A-B-C on the westside of Central Park;
and the 4-5-6 on the eastside) seem to do most of the work:
nothing like all the options you have in Paris.

The fun & challenging part is to figure out the express schedules vs the 'locals' to save stops, time & steps, and the quickest & dirtiest way to get from point A to point B using the Shuttle, V or L for crosstown / Brooklyn combinations, etc.
but even that gets easy after only a day or two.

Here's an interactive manhattan subway systems map

Subway seems to run all night on the island
(as opposed to the Paris shutdown @ 12:30 / 1 am)

On the con side, Paris metro seems to run more ontime with less delays, especially on the NYC expresses.

Biggest & most pleasant difference (imo) in NYC:
the NY subway cars are air-conditioned. Platforms are just as hot & humid as Paris, but the cars are cool and I had better luck finding seats.

One of the best things Paris Metro and NYC subway had in common was the wealth of talented musicians in all the different stations.

Buy a 7-day unlimited MetroCard from any one of the machines with your credit card for $25, pick up a real MTA map at one of the booths in any station to carry with you,
and you're done.

Type: Subway/Metro
Website: http://www.mta.info/nyct/index.html

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2008
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