In the Center of It All | Downtown Alliance

In the Center of It All

13 subway lines. 30 bus routes. 17 commuter ferry routes. PATH trains to New Jersey.  A free downtown circulator bus. Lower Manhattan is just a few stops from everyone and everything in NYC. Midtown, Brooklyn, and Jersey City are all just a short train ride away. The more than 400,000 transit riders who pass through Lower Manhattan daily taking advantage of one of the most extensive transportation networks in the world. Over 860,000 regional creative and professional workers have a one-seat ride to Lower Manhattan, making the district ideally situated to tap into New York City’s creative workforce. 

Lower Manhattan’s compact size and dense transit network create a wealth of commuting options. More than 90 percent of jobs are a five minute walk or less from seven to nine different subway or PATH lines and more than 97 percent of jobs in the neighborhood are within a 10 minute walk of a ferry landing.

Since 2001, nearly $7 billion has been invested in improving transportation infrastructure in Lower Manhattan. Projects have ranged from new ferry terminals to the spectacular Fulton Center and have created some of the most iconic public spaces in New York City. In 2016, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened, providing access to the NJ PATH as well as a virtual river-to-river underground linkage from Brookfield Place to One and 4 World Trade Center and through to Fulton Center. And the investment continues with the addition of NYC Ferry service. Wall Street’s Pier 11 rose to new prominence with the launch of NYC Ferry in May 2017 and now hosts six routes, including routes to the Lower East Side and Soundview launched in summer 2018. A future route from Coney Island to Pier 11 will launch in 2021 and an additional ferry route from Staten Island to Battery Park City is expected to begin service in 2020. Funding for the PATH train extension to Newark Airport has been approved. With an expected completion date in 2026, the extension will make Lower Manhattan the first New York CBD with direct transit access to an airport.

Lower Manhattan is also one of the best wired business districts in the country, boasting the most advanced fiber network in the United States and the largest free wi-fi network in New York.


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