April 23, 2014

Riding the New York Subway

The New York Subway system is a world class transit system. It is relatively easy to navigate, goes most everywhere and appears to be clean and safe. We've seen signs a a couple of stations advising about rat infestations, though we haven't seen any. World class.

Compared to MetroVancouver's four lines and 68.7km of routes, NYC has 34 lines covering over 375 km and 421 stations. Some of the lines are old, the track uneven and unsteady. Like an amusement ride. Begun in 1904 some of the stations appear to be as old as that too. Some of the trains have a Canadian connection, built by Bombardier in Quebec and New York.

Carrying over 5.5 million passengers every weekday, the trains are crowded yet congenial and in true New York fashion, if you pull out a map it won't be a moment until someone asks to help.

It helps to know where you are going, but part of the adventure is the going and journeying into the light of day. Or the edge of night as the case might be.

Photos by Jim Murray.
Copyright 2014.