Buy a monthly transit card and put a reminder in your calendar to refill it.
Especially when you first get there, you don't want to keep track of every swipe you have - it’s easier to get the unlimited, unless you’re not going places very often.
Always put your transit card back into the same place so you don’t misplace or lose it.
This is a good habit to not lose anything in general.
When doors open on a subway, let other people off before you go on.
You’ll anger people if you try to push your way on first.
If the train gets crowded and you have a backpack, take it off and hold it at your feet.
This will create more space and you won’t hit people.
If you feel unsafe, don’t be cheap - just call an Uber or Lyft (pool is cheap).
Before your trip, look at the whole navigation plan so you're aware of all the places you'll need to go.
Prevent any “surprises” about where you're going so you don’t get lost.
Become more familiar with route you take so you can learn it quicker and not rely on a mobile navigation app.
Find the best navigation apps.
CityMapper allows you to download routes to use offline.
When you start working, consider buying a commuter backpack.
They are very compact and forces you to pick the most important things to bring.
You will look less like a target/tourist, and feel more professional.
Always have your headphones with you to listen or so people won't bother you.
Download Spotify playlists before your ride, so you can still listen if you loose connection on the train
Many stations have multiple exits, so as you get into a routine you’ll figure out which car is the best to bring you to the specific exit you’ll need to take. Some apps like Citymapper will tell you.
There is free wifi in each of the stations.
Bring a book, notebook, or podcast on the train
Know the major stations in Manhattan so if you get lost, at least you can head to a major hub and find your way from there.
42nd Times Square, Union Square, Fulton
Express stops (skip local stations so it’s a faster journey) are indicated by white dots, and local are black dots on the MTA map.
Download the MTA app to see when the next few trains will be and it there any delays.
If switching from subway to bus, or bus to subway, you can get a free transfer from your first swipe within 2 hours. You can’t switch from one bus to another going in the opposite direction.
At night, all trains turn local and could have more delays.
Cards activate once they are swiped.
So if you buy a weekly/monthly you can wait to activate.
Add like 20 min to your transportation trip when you're first getting started because it will probably take you longer than expected.
If you’re attending an important meeting or interview, aim to be there 30 min early in case you get lost.
Don’t stop walking in the middle of the stairs anywhere.