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We strongly encourage the use of mass transit. It is easy, safe, low cost, and environmentally sustainable. The subway and Long Island Railroad are faster than driving to the stadium from most parts of New York City.

In order to arrive at the stadium by 9 am, we recommend that students travel by subway.

Get Directions by Subway, Train, Car :

TRAVELING BY SUBWAY

The subway ride is approximately 30 minutes from Manhattan to the Mets-Willets Point station, and the stadium is a 10-minute walk from the station. Please allow up to an hour to travel from Midtown Manhattan. One-way subway fare is $2.75 per person and fare card machines are available at all stations. Trains depart approximately every 5-8 minutes. Take the 7 train (Flushing Line), which starts on the west side of Manhattan at 34 Street-Hudson Yards and runs across 42 Street, stopping at Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and Grand Central Station before entering Queens. Exit at the Mets-Willets Point station. Outside the station, follow the signs to the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  

TRAVELING BY LONG ISLAND RAILROAD (LIRR)

Starting with the 8:51 am train from Penn Station, LIRR will make a special stop for FIT at the Mets-Willets Point station. The ride is approximately 20 minutes and the stadium is a 10-minute walk from the station.

Please allow up to an hour to travel from Midtown Manhattan. One-way fare from Penn Station is $8 peak/$6.25 off-peak and ticket machines are located in the LIRR area of Penn Station.  Enter Penn Station on Seventh Avenue, between 31st and 33rd streets in Manhattan. Take the Port Washington Line to the Mets-Willets Point station. Outside the station, follow the signs to the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Starting with the 9:11 am train from Port Washington, LIRR westbound trains will make a special stop for FIT at the Mets-Willets Point station. The ride is approximately 20 minutes and the stadium is a 10-minute walk from the station. Travelers can use the following websites for updated information on commencement day:
» MTA LIRR Train Time
» MTA LIRR Schedules and Fares

TRAVELING BY CAR

While driving is an option, traffic in the area is typically heavy and parking is limited. If you must drive, please leave ample time. Discounted parking is available for $5 in the Willets Point Commuter Lot, adjacent to Citi Field. Arthur Ashe Stadium is a 10-15 minute walk via an elevated pedestrian walkway directly accessible from the parking lot. Commercial parking garages are about 20-30 minutes walking distance from the facility, and rates vary.

SHUTTLE VANS

It is approximately 1/4 mile from the parking lot, subway, and LIRR exit to the stadium entrance. Walking is convenient from both the parking lot and mass transit exit via an elevated pedestrian footbridge. Shuttle service is being offered to guests unable to make the 10-15 minute walk. Please note that due to wait times and traffic congestion, it is anticipated that the shuttle transportation will take longer than walking, so plan accordingly. Signs and personnel will be on hand to direct those needing assistance to the shuttle pickup locations. Please note there is no shuttle service from the FIT campus to the stadium.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Manhattan: Take the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough) to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/RT- 25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Stay to the left and follow to the Van Wyck Expressway South. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Brooklyn (Option 1): Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE/I-278) east to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/ RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Take the RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East exit ramp toward the Mets Stadium. At the first traffic light off the exit ramp, make a right onto Shea Road. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Brooklyn (Option 2): Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway to the Van Wyck Expressway North. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway at Exit 12A. Continue straight on to College Point Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Long Island: Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) west to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 1): Take I-95 to the Whitestone Bridge to the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 2): Take I-95 to the Throgs Neck Bridge to I-295/Clearview Expressway South. Exit I-295/Clearview Expressway South at Exit 4 – Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) west to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Northern New Jersey (Option 1): Take the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive, then to the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough). Follow the "From Manhattan" directions above.

From Northern New Jersey (Option 2): Take the George Washington Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway, then to the Whitestone Bridge. Take the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

From Southern New Jersey: Take the Verrazano Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) east to the Grand Central Parkway East. Follow the "From Brooklyn" directions above.

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