NYC Public Transit

There is no shortage of transportation options in and around the greater New York City area and beyond, thanks to the MTA and the New York Waterway.

About 51 percent of Columbians arrive by mass transit each day. About every four minutes, NYC’s 1 train makes connections to Columbia’s three Manhattan campuses and beyond, offering a fast, convenient and low impact option for day-time intercampus and commute travel. It’s estimated over 25,000 transit trips are made daily by Columbia members choosing NYC transit.

Mass Transit

According to the MTA, mass transit helps New Yorkers avoid about 17 million metric tons of pollutants while emitting only 2 million metric tons, making it perhaps the single biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) avoidance in the United States

About 60 percent of Columbia arrives by mass transit each day—that’s about 30,000 people!

Visit the MTA website for subway, bus, Metro-North and Long Island Railroad schedules and service announcements.


The NY Waterway connects Manhattan to Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey. The NY Waterway also operates free shuttle services to allow for connection to the NYC subway system.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road connects communities on Long Island and Queens to Manhattan's Penn Station. Use this interactive service map to find Long Island Railroad stations, schedules and station parking information.

Plan your Long Island Rail Road commute.