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Using NYC Transit buses, subway cars and shooting on our sites:

The big picture

  • NYC Transit needs a letter of intent, script, and storyboard.

Before cameras roll

  • NYC Transit requires a minimum $2 million general liability insurance policy;
    a $2 million railroad protective insurance policy; and proof of Workmen's Compensation.

We're serious about safety

  • On the platform: All equipment and personnel must remain behind
    the yellow tiles.
  • On the tracks: Everyone in your production group who may have to walk on the tracks has to take an eight-hour track class first. This ensures that the crew and actors will learn proper procedures to protect themselves against possible track dangers and about being next to moving trains.

The bottom line

  • Our fee depends upon the scope of your project; the number of transit workers required to assist your production company; the type of equipment appropriate for your production; and the duration of filming.

Plan ahead

  • NYC Transit asks that you give us four to six weeks lead-time if you are filming on a train, and two to four weeks notice if you are filming on a platform or
    on a bus.

The reel and real New York
"New York City is like our back lot and filming in the subway system is one of the high points of working in New York City," said Gary Martin, President of Production Administration for the Columbia/Tri-Star Film Group… "NYC Transit has been extremely accommodating. We began the process for the feature Money Train a year before filming actually started; they worked closely with us to make it happen." Thanks, Mr. Martin. We hope everyone will have as positive experience as he did. We at
NYC Transit look forward to working with you to make the best New York movie possible.

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