New York City is consistently ranked among the most walkable cities in the United States, but you won’t be able to walk everywhere you need to do. The city’s five boroughs cover more than 300 square miles. 

Public Transportation
Driving and Parking


We highly encourage all City Year AmeriCorps members to use the subways and buses to get around New York City and adjacent areas.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people. The transit system includes subways, buses, and rail service to Long Island and Metro North. All schools supported by City Year New York are accessible by subway and/or bus service. NOTE: THE MTA Card given does not apply to the Path, NJ Transit, LIRR, or Metro North.

"I'm not as complicated as I look!"- MTA Subway Map, 2018


Schedules vary by subway and bus line, with more frequent service during peak morning and evening hours. Schedules for all routes are online and the MTA’s trip planner is a useful tool to plan your travel between two points. 

Several apps provide real-time schedule information for subways and buses. A list can be found on the MTA’s website. NYC Subway and MTA Bus Time are two which are commonly used by City Year corps and staff.

Travel on the MTA requires a transit pass. As a City Year member, you will be provided with an MTA pass beginning on August 12. The pass is valid for travel on MTA-operated subways and buses.


Driving and parking in New York City is challenging. We highly recommend you utilize public transportation for your daily commute to/from service, errands, and recreation.

Parking at schools is very limited and school faculty have priority. We highly discourage members from driving to service each day.

If your need for a vehicle is limited to occasional errands, car-sharing programs like ZipCar and Enterprise CarShare might be cost-effective alternatives for you.