Friday, February 26, 2010

Using the NY Sybway System / Usando metrô em NY

Hi everyone!!!
From now on I decided to do my postings in English! (Don't worry, ainda vou manter a versão em Português para meus fellow Brazilians!!! A postagem em Português está logo depois da em Inglês)...

Ok, say you got to NY! And now: how to get around? What is the fastest way??? Taxi (or only cab for most New Yorkers)??? The answer is NO... Take the train (subway is ok too, but please don't say metro or tube!!!). The subway system in NYC is safe and cheap!!!!

Typical Subway station in NYC - this is the 34th St. Station

The subway system in NY is HUGE!!! That means that there will always be a stop near where you wanna go! There are several lines, with several trains each... To have an idea, here is the subway system map, including the neighborhoods of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx:


Huge, right??? And relatively easy to use too... Most of the stations have signs with info if you need to change trains or lines.

MetroCard: You will need one!!!
 
There are several options of types of MetroCard... Your choice will depend on how long you'll stay in the city and on how much you plan to use the subway.
You can use your MetroCard on buses too (and transfer from subway to bus - or vice versa - during the period of 2 hours!!!). The single fare for a bus or a subway ride is $2.25.

You can choose to buy as many rides as you want from $4.50 to $80 on a single MetroCard. You will get 15% bonus if you put $8 or more on your card: For example, a $20 purchase gives you $23 on your card. 10 trips for the price of 9, with $.50 balance. Then you have to refill your card to use the balance - there is nothing you can do with a $.50 MetroCard.
A great option if you plan to take the train a lot is the Unlimited Ride Metrocard. You can have unlimited rides for 1, 7 , 14 or 30 days. Here are the types available (from the MTA website):

1-Day Fun Pass
Cost: $8.25
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day.
7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
Cost: $27
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 7 days from day of first use.
14-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
Cost: $51.50
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 14 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.
30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
Cost: $89
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 30 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.


Where to get your MetroCard???
You can buy or refill your MetroCard at a MetroCard Vending Machine. They are very easy to use.
You will find two types of vending machines at subway stations: a big and a smaller one. The larger machines accept cash, credit cards or ATM/debit cards. The small MetroCard Vending Machines only accept credit cards or ATM/debit cards. This is how they look:

MetroCard Vending Machine

But, not everything is perfect... Pay attention during the weekends! Several changes occur during weekends and holidays. You might, for example, be on the number 1 train and, out of the blue, you might hear: "this train will run on the number 3 line"!!! Or, maybe you are on a local train and you might hear: "this train will run on the express line..."!!! I have to say that this is awful... Especially for those whose English is not the first language - it's not easy even for native English speakers to understand what is said on a NY train - the conductors don't EVER speak clear!

However, no doubt it's a great system!!!

Now you are ready to enjoy NY!!!



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Portuguese Version    /     Versão em Português:


Olá pessoal!!!
Ok, digamos que você chegou a NY! E agora, como se locomover por aí? Qual é o meio de transporte mais rápido??? Táxi (ou cab para a maioria dos New Yorkers)??? A resposta é NÃO... Pegue o metrô (train ou subway - nunca diga metro or tube, New Yorkers não gostam!!!).
Andar de metrô em NY é seguro e barato!!!!
O sistema de metrô em NY é GIGANTE!!! Isso significa que sempre terá uma estação próxima de onde você está querendo ir! Têm diversas linhas com diversos trains cada... Acima, na postagem em inglês, tem um mapa incluindo Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens e Bronx.
Bem grande, né??? E relativamente fácil de usar também... A maioria das estações tem placas com informações se você precisar fazer uma baldeação ou mudar de trem.

MetroCard: Você vai precisar de um!!!
Há várias opções de MetroCard... Sua escolha vai depender de quanto tempo você vai passer na cidade e de quanto você pretende usar o metrô.
Você pode usar o MetroCard nos ônibus também (e transferir de ônibus para metrô – ou vice versa – durante o período de duas horas!!! A passagem única de metro ou ônibus custa $2.25.
Você pode comprar quantas passagens quiser e carregar seu metrocard entre $4.50 e $80. A partir de 8 dólares você ganha um bônus de 15%: por exemplo, se você carregar seu cartão com $20, você recebe um cartão com $23.

Uma opção bem legal – se você planeja fazer tudo de metro – é o cartão ilimitado: Unlimited Ride Metrocard. Você pode comprar cartões ilimitados de 1, 7, 14 ou 30 dias. As informações dos diferentes tipos estão no post em inglês.

Onde comprar seu MetroCard???
Você pode comprar ou recarregar seu MetroCard nas MetroCard Vending Machines. Elas são bem fáceis de usar e algumas delas tem opção de línguas.
Você vai encontrar dois tipos de máquinas nas estações de metrô. As maiores aceitam dinheiro e as menores somente cartão de crédito ou débito.

MAS, nem tudo é perfeito...Preste atenção nos finais de semana! Acontecem várias mudanças nas linhas durante fins de semana e feriados. Você pode, por exemplo estar no trem número 1 e, do nada, escutar: "esse trem vai seguir na linha do trem número 3"!!! Tenho que confessar que isso me tirava do sério... O problema é maior para quem não fala inglês, ou fala inglês como segunda língua… Mas não se preocupem, também não é fácil para quem é falante nativo do inglês – eles também não vão entender de cara… Os carinhas que falam no metrô não falam nem um pouco claro. Se você estiver em um trem e as pessoas começarem a descer – e você não estiver entendendo o porquê – simples: saia também!!! E pegue o próximo trem!

Tirando esse detalhe, sem dúvida é um sistema ÓTIMO!!! Ah se São Paulo tivesse um sistema desses...

Enjoy NY!!!

22 comments:

Diogo Teodósio said...

I do loved your tips about getting a subway in NY. I heard that is fairly easy to get a bus too. Nice Blog!

Talita Loves New York said...

Hi Diogo!
Thanks!
Yeah! The bus system in NY is very good too! There are several lines... It is especially good for those who have difficulty with stairs - the subway stations are full of them!
Talita

Fernanda Balbino said...

Nossa! Quando vc me falou em blog, eu não imaginava que fosse assim... adoreeei!!
Vou acompanhar a partir de agora, mas não dispenso as suas dicas pessoalmente qd eu for pra NY!!
Beijãoo

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