Moving to New York City is a dream come true for many. With so many industries finding a home here, you can get your start in any career of your choosing and work your way to the top all within the same city. However, you will often need to factor in a commute as part of your day. Here are some of the things you need to know when you are planning a commute in NYC.
Think Carefully About a Car
One of the most important things you need to decide is how you will commute around the city. Your choice of transport will be very important as this is what will be getting you about. While it is often not recommended, some people choose to drive around NYC. This should only really be attempted by people who know the city well as it is busy at all times of the day and night. If you really are set on driving, CarMax has some amazing guides including this one on the best cars for commuting in a city.
If you don’t want to drive yourself, you should see if your company has a business account with a taxi company or a private firm like Uber. Depending on your position within the company, you may be allowed to use this account to get yourself to work.
Take the Subway
Of course, the public transport which most people choose to jump on is the subway. New York’s subway network is extensive and gets you from one side of the city to the other in much less time compared to if you were travelling on the surface.
While you can pay at some stations with contactless, the best way to pay is still by using a Metrocard. If you need to top yours up, make sure that you do it outside of rush hour times when the station is likely to busy. People who are visiting New York or experiencing the subway for the first time should also check out a guide to how to use the subway so they don’t take the wrong train or put a foot wrong by accident.
In a busy city like New York, there is always going to be something happening. You never know when there is going to be an incident further along your route which could result in you being left stranded and unable to continue with your chosen route. Instead, you should always have a contingency plan. Whether it is a second mode of transport you can hop on or even the ability to work from home, you need a Plan B and enough time to put it into action.
Speak to your boss and work out a plan of action you can take if NYC ever tries to stop you from getting to work.
The Big Apple can be intimidating to travel around even to native New Yorkers. However, with a little planning, it won’t be long before you are travelling everywhere around it with ease!