WHAT'S THE BEST ROUTE?
Sometimes, you've fot two options to get to where you're going. We tested a few common situations to find out which is faster.
Wed Aug 6 2008
7 VS. S
The situation: You’re at Times Square and want to get to Grand Central.
The verdict: The shuttle runs more often (an average of every four to six minutes, compared with the 7’s average of six to eight). Take it, unless you’ve disembarked near the 7 train, in which case, save yourself the walk.
2,3 VS. 1,A,C
The situation: You live uptown, have to go to Midtown West and are debating on whether to take the express (and then walk the long blocks toward the river) or the local and transfer at 59th Street (and walk fewer blocks).
The verdict: Take the local and transfer. Despite the time it takes to switch trains, it’s still faster than the express route, which lets you out in the tourist and commuter hell that is Penn Station.
L VS. J,M
The situation: Late at night, the L seems to take foreeeeever (indeed, after 1:30am, it runs every 20 minutes). Should you take the J or M, and then walk or hitch a cab?
The verdict: Believe it or not, the J and M run less frequently than the L—not because of scheduling, but because of frequent track work. Take the L.
E VS. G
The situation: You live in Brooklyn (let's say Park Slope) and want to get to Quens Plaza. Lucky you- the G train connects the two boroughs, so no need to go all the way into Manhattan and all the way back to Queens!
The verdict: Scratch that. During peak hours, the G train doesn't go to Queens Plaza. It's actually faster to head into Manhattan and transfer to the E. Although real pros take the bus.