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At what time of night, or between when and when in NY are subways no longer running? Like, two a.m., to five a.m.?

Or do they run all night? 

IF they do run all night and you've lost your Metro card, how much would it cost to go from Penn station to the Upper West Side? Is that even a question?

(I have to have a reason for my MC to take a cab in the middle of the night from Penn station to Upper West Side)

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#1 - July 20, 2010, 03:38 PM
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boy it's been a long time since I had to take the train in the middle of the night but I'm pretty sure they run all night long.

NY did have budgetary cutbacks so some schedules have changed - like some bus and train routes are now gone, but otherwise - they run 24/7

a fare is the same no matter where you get on and where you go. It's $2.25 but you can put unlimited or have day passes etc so losing your metro card would suck.

And even though lots of stations are no longer manned, there are machines that take cash and credit cards. So I really don't see why they couldn't take a train unless they were scared or something? But upper west side is pretty darn safe and even penn station isn't as scary as when I was a kid.

What if you make it a convenience thing? LIke Penn Station would be a few avenues away and they're in a rush and a cab is literally sitting empty in front of their building.

Or you could have one of those Manhattanites that never takes the subway. Believe me there are lots of them! The subway stinks and is dirty and nasty sometimes. But buses are awesome so a lot of people I know never take the subway if they can help it but know the NY bus schedules like the back of their hands. So if your mc is a bus taker and then might be more confused by the subway, they might want to take a cab instead of waiting for the bus in the middle of the night since I think the buses run fewer at that time of night. I don't know. Just a thought here.

Me - I was a real latch key kid. I was taking the subway all over the city since I was 7 years old. But now that I'm away and come often to visit my folks on the upper west side, I'm a bus convert. I love them.
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Subways do run all night BUT very late at night, especially on weekends, service disruptions are common due to track work or what-have-you... the trains will skip stops. Just check out the MTA site any given day and you'll see what trains are being rerouted: http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/

This is usually in the outer boroughs, but I have to say, when I lived in Morningside Heights, just above the Upper West Side, the 1 train would be not running on one side (skipping all uptown stops between 72nd and 125th streets for example) pretty much every weekend and it was SO ANNOYING.

So that could be a possible reason.

As for your cab question, you can estimate taxi cost and time here: http://www.hopstop.com/

Make sure to put in the time, since there's the night surcharge.
#3 - July 20, 2010, 07:14 PM

 :wow Oooo. thank you both SO MUCH. Okay, so now I've got a boat-load of rewriting to do!
#4 - July 21, 2010, 05:39 AM
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You can get a single-ride card for $2.25, and two lines run direct from Penn Station to the Upper West Side, so there's no reason why someone couldn't take the subway if they wanted to--there wouldn't be track work on both. And even if there was, Penn Station is a major station so less lilkely to be skipped.

Could your character have luggage? That''s one major reason why (a healthy, non-elderly) someone would take a cab from Penn Station...
#5 - July 21, 2010, 06:59 AM
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You can plan a virtual subway or bus trip for your character with this:

http://www.hopstop.com/

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#7 - July 22, 2010, 02:22 PM
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CC, by the way, if you haven't been to NYC in the past few years, and you're setting the story in the NYC of today, you might want to plan a visit so you can get some good current details. Bike lanes have proliferated recently, for example. There's a new park built on an abandoned elevated rail line. Governor's Island is open for visitors. And so on...
#8 - July 22, 2010, 06:47 PM
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There's a new park built on an abandoned elevated rail line. Governor's Island is open for visitors. And so on...

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It's 24 hours, but as has been noted, there are late-night service changes when they're doing track work, and the trains come much less frequently—every 20 or 30 minutes instead of every 5 or 10. And there are garbage trains at night that go through the stations emptying the garbage that's been collected that day. They're pretty cool, actually—locomotives painted bright red followed by special flatbed cars designed for rolling carts, each one about 2 feet by 4 feet. Throughout the day station attendants have emptied the station trash cans into the carts, so when the garbage train comes they roll the carts full of garbage bags onto the train and replace them with empty ones.
#10 - July 29, 2010, 07:25 AM

During those hours, I would definitely take a cab for safety reasons. It would maybe be about $8.

But it depends on your character.
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#12 - July 29, 2010, 04:11 PM
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