District News

Alternatives to Taking the Bus

Aug 31, 2020
people walking and sitting in Dante Park

On Monday, August 31, the MTA started to charge New Yorkers for bus rides again. During the past few months, the front doors of buses have been closed off to protect drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the infection rate has dramatically decreased, the MTA has reopened the front entrances and fare collection has resumed.

If you’re not ready to start paying bus fares again, why not walk around the neighborhood while the weather is warm instead? You can admire our colorful landscaping displays in our Broadway Malls and Dante and Tucker Parks. You can also check out some of the great stores that you may usually pass on the way to your bus stop. Instead of hopping on the M7, walk along Broadway and stop inside Shakespeare and Co. (2020 Broadway) to buy a book and a coffee. Or, if you usually take the M11 at Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street, just cross the street and step into Century 21 (1972 Broadway) to browse for a new pair of walking sneakers! Also, check out New York Running Company’s sneaker selection and pick-up a pair of stylish, supportive shoes curbside at The Shops at Columbus Circle.

Biking is also a great, low-cost alternative to taking public transportation. There are Citi Bike stations at Broadway and West 60th Street, Dante Park at West 63rd Street and Broadway, and on West 67th Street and Broadway. If you own a bike, remember to follow precautions to prevent theft. As biking has become more popular during the pandemic, there has been an increase of bike theft. Always lock your bikes to bike racks or other objects, and remember to always wear a helmet!  

Photo credit: Filip Wolak