Public Transportation Safety 

Safety on the NYC Subways

  • Remember that when you're on the platform, the safest place to wait is behind the yellow line, away from the edge.

  • Be careful not to display money in public.

  • Hold on to your pocketbook when using the shoulder strap.

  • Keep your wallet out of sight and never put your wallet in your rear pocket.

  • Be sure your necklaces and other jewelry are not visible.

  • Do not doze or fall asleep on the train.

  • Beware of loud arguments or noisy incidents. They could be staged to distract you in order to pick your pocket.

Smart Tips for Riding Safely at Night

  • Every station has an off-hours waiting area. Off-hours waiting areas may be located near the station booth, on the middle level in a two-level station or on the platform. These well-lit areas are marked by yellow signs usually hung from the ceiling.

  • Try to wait for your train in an off-hours waiting area when you travel at night. You'll usually find a bench and a public telephone there (911 calls are free).

  • In stations where you can't see the platform from the off-hours waiting area, an electronic sign alerts you to the arrival of a train. Once the sign indicates that a train is coming, you'll have enough time to reach the platform, so we suggest you wait near the sign.

  • Off-hours waiting areas that are not in sight of the station agent have a ‘talk-back box’. You will find talk-back boxes mounted on station columns. You can talk to the station agent using the talk-back box.

  • There are closed-circuit television cameras in off-hours waiting areas that are not in sight of the station agent. The camera enables the station agent to see you on the platform if you use the talk-back box.

  • Try to avoid waiting at the far end of a platform at any time, especially when the station isn't busy. Wait toward the middle of the platform.

  • Ride in the conductor's car when you travel at night. In most instances, you'll find a conductor's car in the middle of the train.

  • At night, NYC transit sometimes runs trains with fewer cars. Look for a black and yellow platform sign that tells you where to board the conductor's car on short trains.
  • Some short trains have no conductors, only train operators. Please board these short trains in the first car to ride with the train operator.