2012-06-29 / Community

MTA July 4 Service Changes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer extra railroad service on Tuesday, July 3, to allow customers to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday. On Wednesday, July 4, subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule, and the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Tuesday, July 3 for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday. Eighteen extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal between noon and 4 p.m., and 11 extra trains will depart from Penn Station between 2 and 4 p.m. Train service that normally operates to the Hamptons and Montauk only on Fridays will also on Tuesday, July 3, although The Cannonball will operate without Hamptons Reserve Service. New York City Subway

On Wednesday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be increased subway service on the 1, A, C, E, L and 42nd Street Shuttle S following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from four barges located on the Hudson River between 18th and 43rd Streets from 9:20 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Buses in New York City

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Wednesday, July 4. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes. Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Tuesday, July 3 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal.

There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m.

On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Sunday schedule. The Staten Island Ferry will be suspended beginning at 8 p.m.

The last boat from both terminals will be at 7:30 p.m.

Both sides will resume service at 10 p.m. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service after the fireworks, as needed. MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine construction work at its seven bridges and two tunnels beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday’s July Fourth holiday to help smooth travel for drivers.

Drivers can help ease traffic delays this year by taking advantage of several new initiatives, including the new MTA Reload Card, which allows motorists to reload E-ZPass accounts with cash at thousands of local retail stores, and the new MTA EZTravel app for iPhones, which allows passengers to see how traffic is moving at B&T crossings and other information.

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