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23 striking photos taken while riding public transit

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7-Train, NY Skyline
Anthony Humphreys

If you heard the phrase “the view from mass transit”, your first thoughts might be of the terrifying backsides and frontsides of people standing way too close to the seat you were so “lucky” to snag. But take the time to look out the window instead of straight ahead into those unfortunate eyefuls and you can catch some phenomenal sights. To drive that point home without driving ourselves, we took photos while taking all manner of public transport in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, which by the way wants you to know that it is not the same state as Maryland.

Roosevelt Island Gondola, NYC:

Roosevelt Island Gondola
Anthony Humphreys
Roosevelt Island Gondola
Anthony Humphreys

NQ-Train Subway, NYC:

NQ-Train Manhattan Bridge
Anthony Humphreys

Manchester City Bus, NH:

Manchester
Jason Schneider
Manchester
Jason Schneider
Manchester
Jason Schneider

7-Train Subway, NYC:

7-train, NY Skyline
Anthony Humphreys
7-Train
Anthony Humphreys

Hoboken Ferry, New Jersey:

Hoboken Water Taxi
Anthony Humphreys

Providence Public Bus, Rhode Island:

Providence RI
Jason Schneider

Staten Island Ferry, NYC:

Staten Island Ferry
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Staten Island Ferry
Anthony Humphreys

Amtrak Northeast Corridor, Connecticut:

Amtrak CT
Jason Schneider
Amtrak CT
Jason Schneider

Hudson Line Metro-North, New York:

MetroNorth Palisades
Anthony Humphreys
MetroNorth
Anthony Humphreys

A-Train Subway, NYC:

A-Train, Broad Channel
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Morristown Line NJ Transit, New Jersey:

NJ Transit
Jason Schneider
NJ Transit
Sean Cowie
NJ Transit
Sean Cowie

Bike Share on Randall's Island Cycling Paths, NYC

Ed. Note: Not sold on subways and buses as sightseeing opportunities? Bike shares -- which are popping up all over the country -- definitely offer some sweet views sans the crowd. Just think about stopping before snapping photos. Or not.

Randall's Island Benc
Jason Schneider
Randall's Island
Jason Schneider
Randall's Island
Jason Schneider

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Hudson River
Anthony Humphreys

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