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  • So you want to ride the New York City subway

  • Great idea. It's the preferred way for locals to get around.

  • But with 468 subway stations at 24 separate lines, you'll need to know a few things first.

  • How you find this subway?

  • Easy. You look for the green ball outside. That way.

  • The New York City subway lines are organized by letter, number and color.

  • Know which direction you're going.

  • Some stations like Union Square in Time Square have an entrance that leads to all lines.

  • But some smaller entrances are one-way.

  • Uptown or downtown? Make sure you know you're going in the right direction.

  • A standard ride on the subway is $2.50 for a single ride MetroCard.

  • As long as you stay underground, you can ride numerous lines on the same card.

  • And even transfer to a bus for no additional fee.

  • If you're in New York for a week, it pays to buy the weekly pass.

  • There's only one way to swipe the card,

  • With the black stripe facing toward you and down.

  • Well, I do believe you should wait for people to come out and you should wait to the side,

  • and when they're out, you should get in and you should get people some space.

  • You know, if you see somebody elder or if you see somebody handicapped or somebody's pregnant, get out of your seat and let them sit down.

  • When the mariachi band walks through, you know the door, it''s kind of like it's gonna be that kind of the morning.

  • You know, there're certain cars you don't want to get into it.

  • If you're in the morning, you see you go into an empty subway car, there's a reason it's empty.

  • so go on to the next one.

  • Enjoy the experience that performances at work and lots of people watching can be found below ground.

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So you want to ride the New York City subway

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