In New York City public trasportation is the norm; whether it's the subway, taxi, bus, railroad etc., owning a car of your own is rare. The reason of this rarity is because of the enormous amount of public transportation that New York City offers. One can travel across water from island to island on a ferry, underground on the subway or aboveground on a taxi, bus or train.
Most people in New York City travel along the subway because of its price, speed, and efficency.
"The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2. If you qualify for Reduced Fare, you can travel for half fare. Up to three children 44 inches tall and under when accompanied by a fare paying adult ride for free(Metropolitan)." A senior citizen can also ride for a reduced rate. There are types of metrocards to purchase to ride the subways and local buses. The most common are the Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard and the Unlimited Ride Metrocard. The Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard is where you can buy as many rides from $4 to $80. Most residents of New York City buy the Unlimited Ride Metrocard. Buying this Card ensures "an unlimited number of subway and bus rides for a fixed price. Choose from a 1-Day Fun Pass, a 7-Day, 30-Day, 7-Day Express Bus Plus, or a 30-Day Unlimited Ride(Metropolitan)." The cost of these passes range from $7 to $76, and some include a reduced rate if you qualify.
The subway offers 24 routes and has 468 stations throughout the city, more than any other system in the world, with mutliple times during the morning, noon and night. "Routes are identified by letters, such as A B C and by numbers, such as 1 2 3, etc. These routes serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens(Metropolitan)."
Check this link out to see the where each route can take you.
Click on the resources link below then click on Metropolitan to find out more detailed information about Prices, Routes, Maps, Schedules, and various other information and transportation options.