New York Train Tracker

A real-time map of trains, light rail, and streetcars in New York that updates every minute. Click the train icon for more information.

Live New York Train Map

New York Transit Networks

The following are the transit networks associated with Toronto monitored by

Long Island Railroad

The Long Island Rail Road is a historic commuter rail network operating in New York, extending from Manhattan to eastern Suffolk County on Long Island.

Metro-North Railroad

Metro North Railroad is a major commuter rail service in the northeastern United States, connecting New York City with its northern suburbs and Connecticut.

New York Train History

Trains have played a pivotal role in the evolution of New York City's transportation system, deeply engrained in the city's history and development. The story of New York's trains began in earnest with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad in 1832, marking the advent of the city's foray into rail transport. However, it was the opening of the New York City Subway in 1904 that truly revolutionized travel within the city. The subway system, initially operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), expanded rapidly, enabling efficient, affordable transportation across the boroughs. This development was crucial in shaping the city's growth, facilitating the movement of millions of residents and visitors and becoming an iconic symbol of New York City.

Streetcars, also known as trolleys, were another integral part of New York's transport history. Their heyday was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they were the primary mode of urban transportation. The streetcar network spanned the city, connecting neighborhoods and fostering the development of new areas. However, the rise of automobiles and buses in the mid-20th century led to the gradual decline of streetcars in New York, with the last line closing in the 1950s. Despite their disappearance, streetcars played a significant role in the city's transportation evolution, paving the way for more advanced systems.

Light rail in New York City, while less prominent in the city's transportation history, has seen renewed interest in recent years. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, initiated in 2000, and serving areas in New Jersey adjacent to New York City, demonstrated the potential for modern light rail systems in the metropolitan area. Plans and discussions for expanding light rail within New York City have been ongoing, highlighting the city's commitment to diverse and sustainable transportation options. These developments are a testament to the city's continuous innovation in public transit, striving to meet the changing needs of its dynamic population.