Metro in NYC, New York

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    New York City Subway is one of the most significant and most extensive subway systems in the world, and that is not surprising, as it has 472 stations and 36 lines. The overall length of the area that covers the land is 380 kilometers, and this path goes through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Subway lines

    Several lines are the primary path covered by the trains. Those include IND Eighth Avenue Line, INS Sixth Avenue Line, IND Crosstown Line, BMT Canarsie Line, BMT Nassau Street Line, BMT Broadway Line, IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line, IRT Lexington Avenue Line, IRT Flushing Line, as well as Shuttles.

    Notably, each line is marked with its color. Thus, IND Crosstown Line with the lime green, IND Eighth Avenue Line is marked with the vivid blue color, INS Sixth Avenue Line with the bright orange, BMT Broadway Line with the sunflower yellow, IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line with the tomato red, BMT Canarsie Line with the light gray, BMT Nassau Street Line with the terracotta brown, IRT Lexington Avenue Line with the apple green, IRT Flushing Line with the raspberry color, and Shuttles with the dark slate gray.

    Among all of the 472 stations operating, 275 are entirely underground, 153 are elevated, 29 are located on an embankment, and the rest 15 are open cut stations.

    As already mentioned, there are currently 472 operating stations, and 470 of those are running 24/7. Usually, you can access those stations by going down the staircase coming right from the street. Those entrances are marked with the green signs on the road, so there is no way you will miss it.

    The station type might be rather a concourse or a platform.

    While being at the concourse-type of the station, passengers can choose whichever entrance they prefer without leaving the station. That is done due to the mezzanine construction of those stations.

    At the same time, on the platform-type of the station, you will need to wait for your train to come on a 480-600 feet-long platform. That might be a central island for the double track line, or it might also be a platform that serves three or even four tracks. 

    The fare system valid in the New York City Subway was established back in November 1993 and is now known as MetroCard. The card value equals the amount of money paid at the vending machine or to the booth clerk. The card was enhanced in 1997 to allow passengers to transfer between buses and subways free of additional charge within two hours. Moreover, MetroCard-only established in 2001 allows making free transfers between different stations of the rail system. Another option would be to purchase Unlimited-ride MetroCard that is valid for 7- or 30-day period.

    Subway ridership

    There subway operation in New York is just huge. Thus, approximately 5,580,845 people are using it on weekdays, 3,156,673 on Saturdays, and 2,525,481 on Sundays. Meanwhile, annual ridership reaches 1,727,366,607 people. That was the number of passengers in 2017.