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Commute Route...

I've been trying to work out the most efficient (hopefully quickest) public transportation route from Port Authority to 83rd and East End Ave. This will be a regular commute, so the 15 dollar taxi ride is out of the question. So far, I see these as my basic options, but any suggestions or other routes would be appreciated!

- C train to 80th St then Bus across 80th - this bus actually goes all the way to East End, so walking is
almost zero.
- Shuttle to the 6. 6 to 86th, then walk back to 83rd and over 5(blocks). Lots of walking. Not appealing.
- E train to Lex, then switch to the 6 - same problems as above.
- Bus across 42nd to First Ave, then Bus (m15 I think) up first ave. Slow, but minimal walking right? Would drop me fairly close to my destination.

ETA: Its been suggested to try taking the A/C to 59th then the M31 across town and up York. This is currently looking like the easiest but perhaps not the quickest route.


May. 17th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
In my experience, buses are iffy due to traffic conditions, particularly the M15 (First Avenue bus) due to traffic incoming from Queens. Being late to work sucks. Subways are much more reliable. Building a healthy walk into your commute means less time at the gym too.

I used to work at Cornell Med on 70th, right on the East River (east of York Ave). I took the 6 to 68th Street and walked from there - two blocks uptown and five blocks east. When the weather was bad, it was easy enough to hail a taxi. It cost about $4, including tip (that was 1992 though).

If you're stuck on avoiding a walk, my advice is to take the route that avoids most incoming traffic from Jersey and Queens. You can waste 15 minutes trying to get past the traffic from a bridge or tunnel. From what I can tell, that makes option A (C train to bus across 80th) your best bet.
May. 18th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Yep, I agree about busses being iffy... but I've always preferred to see where I'm going though, so the slower ride can be an ok trade off. I used to live on 1st and 33rd (NYU Med Center housing) and rode the M15 up to 72nd every day. Not the fastest ride, but taking the Limited was better... although like you, I was taking that ride over ten years ago so things may have changed.

But (as I posted below,) someone over at the NewYorkers community suggested a pretty decent sounding alternative - A/C to 59th then the M31 across town and up York.