- Many New Yorkers choose the subway when they’re looking for an affordable transportation option.
- But the bus offers a better experience for the same price.
- Buses are often cleaner, less crowded, and less prone to unexplained delays than the subway.
For many who work or live in New York City, especially Manhattan, transportation comes down to two options: the subway or a ride-hailing service, whether it be a cab, Uber, or Lyft. The subway usually wins out among the budget-conscious, but there’s an option many of them are missing: the bus.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority found that NYC bus ridership was 764 million in 2016 compared to 1.757 billion for the subway, despite the fact that there were nearly as many buses (5,710) as subway cars (6,418).
Like the subway, bus service is run by the MTA, and for the same price ($2.75) as a single subway ride, a local or select bus offers a superior experience.
Buses are cleaner and less crowded than subway trains
First, riding the bus is often cleaner and more comfortable than using the subway. An alarming percentage of New York subway stations haven’t been updated in decades and have visible signs of decay to show for it. On top of that, they can be hot, dirty, smell bad, and house enormous rats. It’s nearly impossible to imagine a transportation service in a major American city operating in a worse environment.
Things don’t get much better once you’re in a subway car. A packed rush-hour commute isn’t ideal, but it’s not cause for concern in a city with NYC’s population density. No matter how you travel to work, you likely won’t have much space.
The real problem comes during less concentrated travel times, like weekend mornings or weekday evenings. Using the Read More Here