What Services Does the New York City Transit Authority Provide?


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In New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority offers an extensive set of public transportation services including subways, buses and commuter trains. Buses and subways are the main vehicles used to operate service within New York City, while commuter trains offer service to Long Island and other suburbs.

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Numerous subway lines traverse Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Many stations are served by more than one route, meaning that travelers often have a choice of ways to get from one part of the city to another. Grand Central and Times Square, two major stations on 42nd Street in Manhattan, serve as particularly important major junctions in the transit network.

An extensive network of buses operates throughout the city, including both regular and express buses. As of 2015, eight key bus routes including heavily traveled crosstown routes on 34th Street, 86th Street and 125th Street are operated as Select Bus Service. This unique offering incorporates fare payment machines at bus stops, enabling service to operate in much the same way as a traditional rapid transit line.

The Long Island Rail Road and the Metro North Railroad round out the transit authority's operations. On the Long Island Rail Road, travelers can reach destinations such as Far Rockaway and Port Washington. Metro North service affords individuals access to Hudson, New Haven, Port Jervis and Pascack Valley.

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