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The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Metro-North Railroad, and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) provide commuter train services between New York City and the suburbs. They can be useful for some travels within the city and a few destinations are closer by commuter rail than subway. The MetroCard is not accepted on these rail services and tickets can be purchased at the stations or online.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
The LIRR is a commuter rail serving New York City and the length of Long Island. Terminals in New York City include Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, and Long Island City in Queens. Jamaica Station in Queens is a major hub and a transfer point for LIRR trains except the Port Washington Branch.
  • The Main Line, which begins in Long Island City, goes to Jamaica, Laurelton, and Rosedale in southeastern Queens and along destinations in Long Island.
  • The JFK Air Train travels between JFK Airport and Jamaica Station, which is the transfer point to LIRR to Penn Station.
  • The Atlantic Branch, which ends in Downtown Brooklyn, goes to East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Jamaica in Queens.
  • The Port Washington Branch travels through northeastern Queens including Woodside, Flushing Main Street, and Auburndale.
LIRR Concourse at Penn Station, New York City

LIRR concourse in Penn Station by Leif Knutsen

Metro-North Railroad
The Metro-North Railroad operates a commuter rail service between New York City and the suburbs. In New York City, the terminal is located at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Three Metro-North lines operate from Grand Central Terminal including the Hudson Line, Harlem Line, and New Haven Line. The Hudson line covers several destinations in Western Bronx, while the Harlem Line goes through Central Bronx. It is the best way to get to Arthur Avenue (Little Italy) and the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx.
Metro-North Railroad, New York City
Metro-North Railroad by Cliffy

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
PATH is a subway system operating between Manhattan and the suburbs in New Jersey. The Pay-Per-Ride (Regular) MetroCard can be used as payment on PATH but does not allow free transfers between the MTA subways or buses. PATH covers only a small area of New York City, traveling within Manhattan along Sixth Avenue between 33rd Street and Christopher Street.

Inside a PATH train, New York City

Inside a PATH train by GKtramrunner229

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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