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Transportation in New York City

Shuttle Buses

Intercampus Shuttle Bus

General Information
(212) 854-3382

Morningside Heights Shuttle Bus Service

CU Security Office
(212) 854-2796; press 2, then 1

The evening shuttle bus service within Morningside Heights is free for members of the Columbia community who present a valid Columbia University or Harlem Hospital identification card. The service covers a route consisting of thirteen designated stops between 108th St. and 125th St.

A 15-passenger van driven by a security officer will depart every half-hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (on call until 2 a.m., call (212) 854-SAFE) from the northeast corner of 116th St. and Amsterdam Ave. All suggestions, comments, and complaints should be directed to Crime Prevention at (212) 854-8513, 101 Low Library.

Health Sciences Campus

(212) 305-8100

Shuttle Stops: The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers at the following locations: in front of the Milstein Pavilion at the Health Sciences Campus (HS); on Lenox Ave. and West 136th St. at the Harlem Hospital Center (HH); and at the main gates at Broadway and West 116th St. on the Morningside Campus.

Times: Travel time between points is approximately 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes scheduled for waiting time at each stop. All scheduled times are approximate; please allow 2 to 3 minutes variance.

Summer Schedule (June, July and August): The summer schedule is identical to the academic year schedule except there will be no evening service after 8pm between the health sciences and morningside campuses.

Holiday Schedule: There will be no shuttle service on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. On Election Day, Thanksgiving Friday, and the two University-designated holidays at Christmas time, the summer schedule will be in effect.

Studebaker Shuttle Schedule

(212) 854-3382

The Studebaker Shuttle provides service to and from the Studebaker building and the Morningside Campus. Employees and students of TC may travel, free of charge, between the Morningside Campus and the Health Sciences Campus by presenting their TC ID. Travel time is an estimated 15 minutes. The shuttle runs on the same schedule year round, except for holidays. During the summer, there is no service after 8 p.m.

New York City Transit

New York City’s transit system is one of the largest in the world. The city is designed in a grid pattern, and most of the streets are numbered. “Streets” generally run east and west (river to river), and “Avenues” typically run north and south. Keep in mind there are exceptions to every rule. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the MTA website ( ).


Buses are popular with many New Yorkers, who prefer them to the subways. Buses stop more frequently than subways and are much slower.

The M4 goes uptown to the Health Sciences campus and the Cloisters, and downtown by way of Fifth Ave. to several museums such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Children’s Zoo in Central Park, Fifth Avenue shops, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Empire State Building. The terminal stop is Pennsylvania Station. The bus returns uptown via Madison Ave.

The M5 route is down Broadway from West 179th St., then along Riverside Dr. at 135th St. to 72nd St., then via Broadway and 59th St. to Fifth Ave., then south to Houston St. The M5 returns north along 6th Ave. (Avenue of the Americas), turning west on 59th St.

M60 bus from Manhattan and Astoria: With the M60 bus, you can travel to all terminals at LaGuardia from the West Side, the East Side or Astoria (Queens). The M60 runs between 106 St. and Broadway in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines or with the N and W trains at the Astoria Blvd station.

The M104 Broadway bus goes downtown to 42nd St. and then east to the United Nations buildings.

The M11 Amsterdam Ave. bus serves the west side of Manhattan, going downtown via Amsterdam Ave. to 110th St., then down Columbus Ave., it returns north via Amsterdam Ave.

Bus Stations

Port Authority Bus Terminal
Eighth Avenue between 40th & 42nd streets
(212) 564-8484

Located just west of Times Square, Port Authority serves as New York’s main commuter and long-distance bus terminal. You may reach it via subway at 42nd St.

New Jersey Transit (800) 772-2222
Greyhound (800) 231-2222
Peter Pan (800) 343-9999
Adirondack (800) 858-8555 / (212) 967-2900


The subway line closest to Teachers College is the IRT Broadway-Seventh Ave. local (#1 train). This train makes stops along Broadway between West 242nd Street in the Bronx and South Ferry in Manhattan. Take the #1 train to the 116th St.-Columbia University train station.

Train Stations

For more information about transportation, call the NYC Department of Transportation at 311 or check the website, .

  • Metro-North Railroad

    (800) METRO-INF in New York City
    (212) 532-4900

  • Penn Station

    West 32nd St., between 7th and 8th avenues

  • Amtrak

    (800) 872-7245

  • Long Island Railroad

    (718) 217-LIRR

  • New Jersey Transit

    (800) 772-2222

  • Grand Central Terminal

    East 42nd St. at Park Ave.
    (212) 532-4900

    Grand Central Terminal is the world’s largest and busiest transportation building, occupying 49 acres and servicing over 426,000 commuters on a daily basis.

Car Services


Taxicabs provide with fast, door-to-door service, although they are much more expensive than other types of public transportation. There are several types of taxicabs in New York City. The metered medallion cab (the common yellow cab) is the only one legally allowed to pick up passengers hailing a cab on the street. The base fare is $2.50, with a $1.00 additional fee between 4pm - 8pm and a late night fee of $.50 between 8pm - 6am. There are also additional fees depending on the length of the trip and how long the cab is in traffic. More information on cab fares can be found at . Livery cabs pick up passengers who call for transportation. If the cab is vacant, the driver is required by law to accept a fare to any location in any of the five boroughs of the City. Get into the cab before you give your destination. Pay your fare and get your change and a receipt before leaving. The receipt has the number of your cab. The complaint number of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is 311. Be sure to have the driver’s medallion number (posted on the dashboard of the cab and listed on your receipt) when making a complaint.


SuperShuttle is a shared ride service that offers door-to-door service to and from New York City’s local airports. Reservations can be made in advance online. Fares run from $10-$30 depending on the location. A SuperShuttle van will give you a 15-minute pick-up window, take you to the airport and drop you off in front of your airline terminal. For more information, go to or call (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826).

Private Car Service

Private car services offer door-to-door service on a more personal level. Private car service allows you to determine the pick-up and drop-off times depending on your schedule. Prices are generally a set rate and are not determined by a meter as with a taxicab.

Super Saver by Carmel (800) 924-9954
Dial 7 Car & Limo Service (212) 777-7777
Classic Limousine (800) 666-4949

Please note: Teachers College does not support or endorse any of the businesses listed in this section and phone numbers and locations are subject to change.


The three major airports in New York City are LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark. Taxi service directly to campus, and bus service to midtown Manhattan, is available from all of the airports.

Taxi fares will vary, depending on the destination. There is a “flat rate” from JFK International Airport of $45 plus toll and tip. Traveling from LaGuardia Airport will cost you approximately $45. Fares to and from Newark International Airport are twice the meter plus tolls - generally $55 depending on the time of day and location. Tolls and tips are not displayed on the meter. Luggage can cost a one dollar surcharge per piece placed in the trunk, and an additional surcharge up to one dollar is often added at certain times during the night (these times should be posted in the taxi).