In total, 40% of track is not underground despite the "subway" moniker.
Many lines and stations have both express and local services. Normally, the outer two are used for local trains, while the inner one or two are used for express trains.
), and found myself in the restaurant of the Hyatt Union Square.
Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service (dim lighting, candlelit tables), rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences.
People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night.
The Staten Island Railway is not officially considered part of the subway, as it lacks a rail link with the subway system, so passengers traveling to another borough take a ferry or bus; however, free transfers are allowed to the New York City Subway and the MTA's bus system.
Another mass transit service that is not operated by the MTA, the Roosevelt Island Tramway, does allow free transfers to the MTA and bus systems, however. Overall, the system contains 236 miles (380 km) of routes, By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the Western world, as well as the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world; the metro (subway) systems in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Guangzhou, and Moscow record a higher annual ridership.