I found this short video on how to get around the New York subway system useful.
- 472 stations
- 675 miles of track
- 5.5 million daily riders (pre-covid)
Express v. Local – usually the local train will be up against the wall, express trains on the inside
Uptown v. Downtown – if you’re getting on the train on a local stop, make sure you’re going down the right side. Trains follow traffic on the avenues so downtown trains will be on the right of the road if you face downtown. Brooklyn-bound trains are going downtown, Bronx-bound trains go uptown.
Price v. Practicality – unlimited metro cards (week or monthly) are most cost-effective but per-use cards can be shared among people. You can use the metro card to take the Roosevelt Island tram and the Staten Island ferry is free.
The new MTA realtime map is pretty cool.