Mass Transit


Public transportation plays an important role in confronting environmental challenges, and is often more efficient than driving alone. The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway is, for many Columbians, the most cost-effective and convenient way to commute to campus.

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Apps to Help You Navigate the NYC Area

Google Maps and the Transit App can help both locals and those new to the city navigate public transit. 

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Register as a Crown Commuter and Win

Sustainable Columbia defines a "Crown Commuter" as someone who chooses something other than a drive-alone commute to and from campus, including mass transit!

Mass Transit Services or Incentives

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New York City

There is no shortage of transportation options in and around the greater New York City area and beyond, thanks to the MTA and the New York Waterway. Learn more about NYC mass transit options. 

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Westchester and Connecticut

There are many options for commuting to Manhattan from Connecticut, Westchester County, and points north. Learn more about mass transit options from Westchester and Connecticut. 

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New Jersey

There are many ways to travel from New Jersey to Columbia's campuses. Find practical mass transit options for Columbia commuters who reside west of the Hudson River, in areas including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rockland County, and points north. Learn more about NJ mass transit options.

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The Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory is located in Palisades, N.Y. Learn about mass transit options to the Lamont campus.