NYC bus versus subway?

I have only visited NYC once for a few days, why do people chose to take the bus rather than the subway? Is one superior to the other? Thanks!

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  • 7 years ago
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    Most people takes buses because NYC subway does not serve their commuties.

    Tourists often use buses a lot because it's way to enjoy the sightseeing just with price of MetroCard.

    NYC Subways runs in four boroughs only and several subways go outdoors and Staten Island Railway at St. George/Tompkinsville which is like subway for Staten Islanders, but more like trains.

    For instance, Staten Islanders takes advantage of $6 express bus service into Manhattan along with Academy Bus's X23 and X24 bus routes because it's more convient for them to take train or local bus for Staten Island Ferry into Manhattan or local bus into Brooklyn for subway into Manhattan.

    In Queens, subways don't go far into eastern Queens, so most riders choose local buses to connect to subways or some folks takes express bus into Manhattan.

    Also, because of Sandy recovery effect, some folks takes advantage of Seastreak's ferry service from the Rockaways Peninsula in southeastern Queens and Brooklyn Army Terminal that takes them into Manhattan for $2.00.

    In Bronx, trains don't near northern edge of Bronx or east of Bronx, so most Bronx residents uses express buses, most folks use local bus service into subway along with Bee-Line Bus along Boston Road.

    In Westchester County, Putnam County, Rockland County, people choose Bee-Line Bus in Westchester County to get into subway connection in Bronx or some Westchester County residents choose $7.50 BxM4C express bus directly in Manhattan

    It not just only subway.

    Even three commuter railroads, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, NJ Transit trains and PATH Trains don't go where buses goes.

    Long Island Residents

    In Nassau County, most people choose to take NICE Bus to connect to each other to get into city for subway or LIRR connection.

    Same reason in Suffolk County where most people take Suffolk County Transit bus to LIRR stations into city.

    Most rich people in fur eastern of Suffolk County gets to enjoy relaxing ride on more comfortable express bus service called Hampton Jitney or 7bus because most of people don't deal with LIRR because of lack of service.

    Same reason in other areas served by Metro-North train like Connecticut, NJ Transit trains in NJ along with PATH trains.

    Some folks takes trains, some folks takes both buses and trains. Some folks takes train and ferry, bus to ferry, etc.

  • 7 years ago

    My friend, its the other way around. The majority of New Yorkers take the subway because its the fastest way to get from point A to point B. If you take the bus, you will be stuck in traffic.

    So, while on the Big Apple, take the subway.

    Good luck

    Source(s): Daily Commuter
  • Hugo90
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    7 years ago

    Buses go to different places than subways. They are designed to complement rather than compete. Subway stops are farther apart than bus stops. You choose the one that gets the closest to your destination.

  • 7 years ago

    "Generally speaking" Subway runs north to south in Manhattan. Bus runs all directions but east to west being an option not available via the subway. If you don't want walk to a subway station, take the bus.

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