The Staten Island subway system is also known as the SIR (Staten Island Railway). It started working in 1860 and has been increasingly expanding to the point of reaching 14 miles (22.5 km) of roads available today. Each year the SIR circulates around 4 million people and it currently has 21 stations.
The railway operates 24 hours a day just like the New York subway. The cheapest fare is the Single Ride Ticket which currently has a price of 3 dollars.
The Staten Island Railway doesn't connect directly to any of the 6 airports available in New York City.
Staten Island is one of the five boroughs that form the state of New York in the United States, along with Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx. It's home to more than 470 thousand people in its 102.5 square miles, making it the district with the smallest population of the American metropolis.
Since not so long ago, 1975 to be exact, the district was formerly known as Richmond, but the local authorities decided to change the name to Staten Island in honor of the Dutch settlers who first spotted the island.
During the twentieth century, this island experienced a major increase in its population due to the thousands of immigrants that reached the American State, as part of the consolidation of New York as the main financial center of the country.
Since then, Staten Island has been characterized as a residential area with large urbanizations, in which citizens are far from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities.
Staten Island offers a maritime connection to Manhattan and a bridge that connects the Island to Brooklyn. As for the district, it has several bus lines that circulate throughout the neighborhoods, while having a subway line as well.
This subway is commonly known as the Staten Island Railway (SIR) and is the only subway line in all of the five boroughs that's not connected or managed by the New York Subway. It started to operate in 1860, gradually expanding until reaching railways of about 14 miles. It circulates over 4 million travelers per year and has 21 stations throughout the eastern part of the district.
The Staten Island Railway has a single commercial line, which departs from the St. George ferry terminal to the Tottenville neighborhood, through 14 miles and 21 stations. It crosses the district from north to south, circulating on the east coast of the island, working 24 hours a day.
Most SIR stations are connected to at least one bus line, circulating passengers around those urbanizations and suburbs that the rail system can't reach. And now, the connections for each station.
Although the Staten Island Railway isn't part of the New York Subway, it does share its 24-hour service. The rail system doesn't stop at any time, operating full time at every hour, every day of the week. However, after 11 pm, the trains leave the stations every 30 minutes.
On the other hand, during rush hours (6:15 a.m.-8: 15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.-8: 00 p.m.) a special express service is offered, which goes from the St. George station to Tottenville without making any stops.
The Staten Island Railway, like most rail systems in the world, has several payment plans ready to meet the needs of different users who frequently use this means of transportation.
It can be paid in the most frequent way, which is by purchasing tickets at the ticket offices and vending machines distributed around all the stations of the system, or it can also be paid by using a prepaid card, which is called MetroCard.
This last payment method has benefits for the user since it reduces the cost of each travel, while allowing access to special fares -just if the person applies for them.
Note: Those who receive the reduced rate benefits are people with disabilities and elderly people (passengers over 65 years old).
The Staten Island Railway regulations are designed to protect the safety of all passengers who use the service on a daily basis. In fact, most of the accidents that happen in the subway are due to slips or loss of balance near the rails, causing some people, unfortunately, to fall on the tracks. Therefore, it's important to keep in mind the following suggestions:
The Staten Island Railway doesn't have a direct connection to any of the 6 airports located in New York City. However, it's possible to get to the John F. Kennedy International Airport with the help of public transportation and departing from the island that makes up this New York district.
To get to the airport, you'll have to arrive first at the Grasmere station where you'll be able to access a bus stop called Clove Rd / Grasmere, where the S53 line runs - the only bus connection to this station.
Once you board the bus, you will travel for about 20 minutes till you arrive to 4 Av / 86 St. There you will go to the New York Subway station 86 St., which transits the R line of the subway system.
The next thing is to get into any of the trains at the Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center Station, which is linked to the Atlantic Terminal Rail on the Hempstead Road. The railroads of this line drives through the Jamaica station, here you'll need to be fast to catch the monorail AirTrain JFK RedJamaica, which goes straight to the airport.
From the Jamaica railway stop, it's necessary to transfer to the Jamaica Station of the monorail service. Once you have tackled one of the monorails of the system, you only have to enjoy the journey, which takes about 10 minutes, until you reach the airport.
Remember that John F. Kennedy International Airport has 8 terminals, so you should be careful to get off at the right terminal.
The travel from the airport to Staten Island is exactly the same, but the other way around. If you prefer, you can take a taxi or a rental car near the terminals of the flight, which can be more comfortable and safe for you.
Between the projects to improve the service of the Staten Island Railway, highlights the update of the trains that provide service to users, because in many cases already exceed 20 years of operations.
Some of the future projects that will be made to improve the service of the Staten Island Railway involves the renovation of the trains that currently offer their service to passengers, since some of them have been operating for over 20 years.
However, the company that's responsible for providing the service has opted to improve the vehicles instead of changing them, despite the fact that the local authorities have tried to carry out the project. In any case, it's possible that by 2023, the old wagons will be replaced for new units.
Several authorities of the district have been discussing about finishing the connection of the Staten Island Railway with the New York Subway, in order to help circulate passengers to the city center. They have even talked about building a bridge that linked the island with the rest of the districts, in addition to the existing one, and where trains could pass. Political and economic issues have postponed this possibility.
On the other hand, there are people who have suggested the construction of a new station between the Grasmere and Clifton stops, since it's the longest road between stations. This new enclosure would be helpful for residents of the Rosebank neighborhood.
Staten Island is the least visited district of New York, so its rarely an attractive place for tourists. Besides, for being a residential area, it discourages many entrepreneurs to promote the arrival of visitors to the place. However, it doesn't mean that the island doesn't have beautiful and interesting places to offer.
One of the amazing places of Staten Island is the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which is about 140 meters from St. George Station, where the ferry terminal of the same name also operates. Although it may be something small, its facilities counteract that fact, since they offer the greatest comfort possible to visitors when it comes to experiencing a live baseball game. Not to mention that the price is usually lower than in other bigger stadiums within the same city.
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