Queens, NY County is a bustling and vibrant borough located in the heart of New York City. The area is served by an extensive public transportation system providing residents with multiple options for commuting. Public transit consists of the New York City Subway, MTA Bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, NICE Bus, AirTrain JFK and NYC Ferry. Subway lines in Queens provide connections to every other borough in the city as well as express services to Manhattan and beyond. Local buses operate throughout the borough and connect riders with nearby neighborhoods while express buses provide access to Manhattan and other major destinations. The Long Island Rail Road connects commuters to Nassau and Suffolk counties in addition to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Metro-North Railroad operates commuter rail service from Grand Central Terminal to suburban cities north of Queens such as Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY. The NICE bus provides express service from Nassau County into Jamaica and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park while AirTrain JFK provides access between JFK Airport terminals to Howard Beach along with subway connections. Lastly, NYC Ferry operates routes connecting commuters between Rockaway Peninsula, Sunset Park Brooklyn and Astoria among other destinations. Overall, Queens offers residents a comprehensive public transportation network that allows them to travel throughout the borough or further afield with ease.
The typical American commute has been getting longer each year since 2010. The average one-way commute in Queens County takes 43.6 minutes. That's longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.
How people in Queens County get to work:
- 31.8% drive their own car alone
- 6.7% carpool with others
- 2.6% work from home
- 51.7% take mass transit