Informal Transit in New York City

  • Informal systems are also found in developed cities like New York City.
  • Dollar vans complement the city’s subway system, and play an integral role for many immigrants and minorities.
  • In a 2014 story for the New Yorker, Aaron Reiss mapped the network of dollar vans. The excerpts below describe how the travel experiences on these mini-van routes are imbued with cultural elements.


Map of Dollar Van Routes in NYC (colored) Overlaid on the City’s Existing Subway System (grayed) Click through the gallery to zoom in to the text boxes.