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New York - Driving and Public Transport
If you want to know more about parking, parking permits and availability of parking for the handicapped, you should contact the New York City Department of Transportation. For handicap access, write to the NYC Department of Transportation, Parking Permits for People with Disabilities, 28-11 Queens Plaza North, 8th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101-4008 or check out the DOT website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/permits/nyc-pppd.html. You'll find links at this site that will give you up-to-date information about current driving conditions in the city as well as guides to parking and rules about side street parking, especially as they pertain to holidays.
The good news is that the city has several public transit systems and there are additional private transportation companies available. You can choose from bus, subway, train, taxi or private car.
If you're out for a Sunday drive through the city's subway system, you may be interested in seeing what's posted at http://www.nycsubway.org/index.html. While this is not an official site of the New York City subway system, there are some great pieces of information posted here, including where you'll find the best artworks in the subway. You'll also find historic information, routes and scheduling.
One of the city's public transportation systems is outlined at http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/service/bus/bussch.htm. The Metropolitan Transit Authority operates a bus and train system purported to be an excellent benefit to New York City residents and visitors. In an effort to keep pace with commuter demands for easier access, the MTA system offers a prepay system for easier access for regular patrons of the service. It's averaged that more than 7 million passengers use the system on an average weekday and MTA has more than 63,000 employees on the payroll as of 2005.
Regardless of the amount of public transportation and efforts to make parking more convenient, congestion is bound to be an issue in a city of this size. Many people take advantage of the city's bicycle routes both as a form of transportation and a means of exercise. You'll find more information on bike routes from Transportation Alternatives at http://www.transalt.org/blueprint/appendix/steps.html.
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