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Commuter Shortcuts
If your commute takes you into or under Penn Station, you may want to rethink your travel plans. So, what are your options?
 
By Carla Spartos
 

Commuting from Long Island
Take Long Island Rail Road trains to Brooklyn or Queens, then transfer to the subway, but avoid the 2, 3, and E trains, which run through Penn Station.

•Going Downtown:
Connect to the 4, 5, B, D, M, N, Q, or R trains at the Flatbush Avenue Terminal, Brooklyn or the J or Z trains at Jamaica, Queens.
Going to the East Side: Connect to the 4, 5, N, or R trains at the Flatbush Avenue Terminal or the 7 train to the three Queens stops at Woodside, Hunterspoint Avenue (rush hour only), or Long Island City (rush hour only).
Going to the Upper West Side: Connect to the B or D train at the Flatbush Avenue Terminal.
Getting Close to the GOP Zone: Connect to the B, D, N, Q, or R trains at the Flatbush Avenue Terminal and get off at 34th Street-Herald Square.

From New Jersey
Take NJ Transit trains to Hoboken, then transfer to the PATH or NY Waterway Ferry (at no additional charge). The 33rd Street PATH station, at Sixth Avenue, is as close as you'll get to the GOP zone without excruciating delays. At the World Trade Center PATH station, avoid transfering to the 2, 3, A, C, and E trains, which run through Penn Station.

•Going Downtown: Take the PATH to the World Trade Center or the NY Waterway Ferry to Pier 11 or the World Financial Center.
Going to the East Side: Take the PATH to the World Trade Center and transfer to the N, R, or W trains—you can then connect to the Lexington Avenue line at 14th Street.
Going to the Upper West Side: Take the PATH to 33rd Street and transfer to the B or D trains.
Getting Close to the GOP Zone: Take the PATH to 33rd Street, at Sixth Avenue.

From the West Side, 59th Street and Above
A/C/E and 1/2/3/9 lines will be delayed by tight security and Seventh and Eighth Avenue bus lines will be rerouted.

•Going to the East Side: Take the M96 (at 96th St., both directions), M86 (at 86th St., both directions), or M66 bus (at 65th St., eastbound; at 67th St., westbound) and transfer to the 6 train.
•Going Downtown (or Uptown): Take the B or D train or the M11 bus (Columbus and Ninth Aves., southbound; Amsterdam and Tenth Aves., northbound).

From the West Side, 59th to 14th Streets (GOP Zone)
Seventh Avenue will be closed from 42nd to 29th Streets and Eighth Avenue from 34th to 23rd Streets. Protests, planned or otherwise, will also jam up traffic. If you live close to the GOP Zone, walking may be your best option—A/C/E and 1/2/3/9 lines will be delayed by tight security and Seventh and Eighth Avenue bus lines will be rerouted. Bus travel on Ninth and Tenth Avenues will be slow-going because you'll have plenty of company.

•Going to the East Side: Take the M57/M31 bus (at 57th St., both directions) and connect to the 4, 5, 6, N, R, or W trains (at 59th St. and Lexington Ave.) or F train (at 63rd St. and Lexington Ave.). Or take the M50 bus (at 50th St., eastbound; at 49th St., westbound) and connect to the 6 train (at 51st St. and Lexington Ave.). To cross town at 14th Street, see "From the West Side, 14th Street and Below." If none of these crosstown options are in walking distance, take the M11 bus (see "Going Uptown" and "Going Downtown") and then transfer.
•Going Uptown: Take the M11 bus (at Tenth Ave.).
•Going Downtown: Take the M11 bus (at Ninth Ave.).

From the West Side, 14th Street and Below
A/C/E and 1/2/3/9 lines will be delayed by tight security and Seventh and Eighth Avenue bus lines will be rerouted.

•Going Uptown, East Side: Take the L train or M14 bus (at 14th St., both directions) to Union Square for connections to the 4, 5, or 6 trains.
•Going Uptown, West Side: Take the L train or M14 bus (at 14th St., both directions) to Union Square for connections to the N, Q, R, or W trains, or to Sixth Avenue for connections to the F or V train and then transfer to the B or D train at 34th Street-Herald Square.

Travel Advisories

Amtrak
Long Island Rail Road
NJ Transit
NY Waterway Ferry
NYC Transit
PATH

Travel Tips

Add extra time to your commute to compensate for inevitable delays.
Pack light: Overhead racks will be unavailable and bags will be subject to searches.
Keep personal belongings with you at all times: Unaccompanied bags—even your morning roll and coffee—will halt service.
Go before: Bathroom availability may be severely limited.
Carry ID with you. If you work in the GOP Zone, you will need to prove a business-related purpose to enter.
Buy tickets ahead of time and at outlying stations.
Reserve car services and all Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains (excepting Keystone and Clocker lines) in advance.
Keep a pair of comfortable shoes in your bag and ... walk.

West Side Transportation Alternatives

Ride Your Bike: Hudson River Park Bike Path
The park stretches from Pier A to 59th Street, with connecting paths up to 181st Street. Bike rentals available from RiverBikes (212-967-5444) at Piers 26, 63, and 84.
Take the Water Taxi
212-742-1969
West side stops include 44th and 23rd Streets.

 
 
 
 
Published on August 19, 2004.