Friday, November 1, 2013

Getting Around in NYC

One of the best things about Fordham is the fact that it's in New York City, where there is so much to do and see. It's also easy to get around, with easy access to public transportation and Fordham-sponsored ways to get to and from your city excursions.

From the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx:

1) By train: If you walk out the Third Avenue gate and walk about 10 steps to the right, you'll find yourself outside the Fordham Road Metro-North station. The Metro-North is great because it gets you to Grand Central, in the heart of Manhattan, in just 20 minutes! Going home for the weekend? The Metro-North goes up to Westchester and Connecticut. Penn Station is also a quick subway ride from Grand Central if you want to take the Long Island Railroad or NJ Transit. 

Tickets to Grand Central are $8.25 one-way during peak hours and $6.25 one-way during off-peak hours. If you take the Metro-North to Manhattan on a Saturday or Sunday, make sure to buy a CityTicket, which only costs $4 one-way. Keep an eye on the time, though! The Metro-North generally runs twice an hour during the week and once an hour on the weekends, and the last train from Grand Central to Fordham is at 2 a.m.

2) By subway: A short 10 minute walk up Fordham Road is the station for the B and D subway, and another 5 minutes past that is the 4 subway station. To get on the subway, you simply swipe a MetroCard. Buying a MetroCard costs $1 and then you can add money to it and refill it. Each swipe costs only $2.50. Once on the subway you can go almost anywhere in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. In particular, Fordham students take the D train to get to Yankee Stadium, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center, Times Square, Herald's Square, and the West Village. It also runs pretty frequently, especially during the week and during the day. If you take the subway at night, Fordham security shuttles will be there waiting to drive you back to campus.

The subway may seem overwhelming if you've never taken it before, but it's definitely worth trying as it's the easiest way to get around in New York, and it's a part of the New York City culture. 

3) By bus: Right outside the gates of the Rose Hill campus are stops for the local BX9, BX12, BX22, and BX61 MTA buses that takes riders around the Bronx and upper Manhattan. Using a MetroCard for $2.50 per ride, students often take the BX12 up to the D subway station or the BX9 over to Target to do some shopping for their dorm rooms.

4) The Ram Van: The Ram Van is Fordham's own method of transportation, driven by students, between the Rose Hill campus and the Lincoln Center campus.  It runs every half hour, with the last van leaving from Lincoln Center at midnight on Sunday-Wednesday and 4am on Thursday-Saturday.  To ride the Ram Van, you have to reserve your place online and then buy a ticket in the Ram Van office at Rose Hill or in the lobby of Lincoln Center's Lowenstein building.  A one-way ticket is $3, but if you're taking the Ram Van for class or an internship, you can get free passes.

The Ram Van also has other great services, such as an office-campus shuttle that brings students who live off campus to their apartments at night and an Airport Service that will bring students (and their luggage) to LaGuardia and JFK International Airports before a long weekend.

From the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan:

In addition to the Ram Van, the A, B, C, D, and 1 subway trains all stop down the block at the 59th Street/Columbus Circle station, and the local M5, M7, M10, M11, M31, M57, and M104 buses all stop right near the campus.

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