New York does have a lot of trains and especially train stations .
There’s also a lot buses on the streets as well.
It seems as though all five of the New York City boroughs have these blue and white buses going down their streets , no matter how wide and small some of them are.
If you happen to be in New York City , and no matter what borough you’re visiting, you just might see some brightly colored yellow and blue buses with the words “I Love New York ” on them.
These buses run all over the five boroughs and are known as “Select”buses.
These select buses made their first appearance in 2008 and they run in certain areas of the city.
Yes, all of them are painted in blue and yellow , even on the inside.
The seats are very comfortable .
Unlike the regular New York City buses , which are blue and white, you don’t pay on the Select buses.
There’s machines at the bus stops for these buses,and they don’t take cash or credit cards, which means you need to have a Metro Card all ready.
You can get a Metro Card at one of the subway stations or if you’re staying at a hostel, the front desk clerk may have them for purchase .
Once you put your Metro Card into the machines, you’re given a receipt , that shows that you paid.
Hold onto this because not only does it show that you paid , you’ll need it to show New York City transit police who will be boarding the bus at ANY stop, that you did actually pay to ride the bus.
You can get on the front door or the back door of the bus since you don’t make a payment when you get on the bus.
How do you know what Select bus to take?
Like the regular bus, the letter in front tells you what borough you’re in.
As I am in Queens, I took Select bus Q44.
I was going to the Bronx Zoo, which I will talk about in an upcoming blog post .
The Select Q44 bus starts in Queens and goes to The Bronx over the Whitestone Bridge , which separates Queens from The Bronx.
The final stop is the Bronx Zoo but along the way not only will you see the Queens Botanical Gardens, which I will also be talking about in a later post, but you’ll get to see the second largest Chinatown in New York City , which is in Flushing, Queens .
There’s also WiFi on the bus as well.
Is your tablet or phone running low on juice and you have no place to plug in your charger?
They also have a place where you can plug in that charger .
These buses are a pleasure to ride and I didn’t seem to mind that even though the ride was long, it was comfortable .
Although, with some of the construction going on and around the Whitestone Bridge , it was kind of bumpy.
So the next time you’re in New York City , take one of the Select buses .
Have fun, enjoy and just remember to hold onto that receipt .
It’s your proof of purchase .