2013-12-20 / Top Stories

MTA’s Best Ways To Get Around

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching next week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s trains and buses will operate on special schedules to optimize service to fit the special holiday travel patterns. Details follow for each MTA service, organized by day, as well as for LIRR and Metro-North service.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th

The New York City Subway will operate on a regular weekday schedule. The Long Island Rail Road, Metro- North Railroad and Staten Island Railway will offer extra afternoon trains to help with early departure getaways from Manhattan. The Staten Island Railway will operate additional express service beginning two hours earlier, from 2:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

New York City buses will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes, except for Staten Island, where limited stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes. All Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th

New York City subways and buses and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule. The LIRR and Metro-North will operate on special holiday schedules as noted in timetables.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st

The MTA is the best way for revelers to get to Times Square on New Year’s Eve and the Billy Joel concert at Barclays Center, and to travel home afterwards. We strongly recommend that customers purchase their MetroCards or train tickets in advance.

Metro-North and the LIRR will operate on modified weekday schedules with extra New York City-bound service in the evening and extra service departing New York City after midnight. For special LIRR service from the Billy Joel concert at Barclays Center, extra trains leaving Atlantic Terminal will be timed to depart starting 20 minutes after the concert concludes. Metro-North will have slightly reduced service during the traditional rush hour periods.

Customers heading to Times Square for the celebration should avoid using the 42nd Street-Times Square subway complex, since they may not be allowed to exit onto the street. In addition, the northbound platform at 50th Street # 1 train and both north and southbound platforms at 49th Street NQR trains, will be closed from 7 p.m. until after midnight. Riders are urged to exit stations at 57th Street or 59th Street- Columbus Circle instead, and walk to Times Square.

Buses are not recommended for traveling to Times Square because of the numerous street closures in the area. Regular overnight bus service will resume as streets reopen after midnight. Following the celebration, trains on lines in and around Times Square will run every 8 to 12 minutes until approximately 3 a.m. The 42nd Street shuttle S will operate all night.

New York City buses will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes, except for Staten Island, where limited stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes. All Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st

New York City subways and buses and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule, with longer waits on some bus routes. Customers using bus routes in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island should use MTA Bus Time to track real-time bus positions and gauge arrival times. The service is coming to Brooklyn and Queens within the coming year.

LIRR and Metro-North will operate on special holiday schedules. Metro-North will provide hourly service on most line segments and regular weekend service on branch lines.

Drivers are urged to use mass transit or assign a designated driver to help prevent alcohol-related road accidents, and never allow anyone who has been drinking or using drugs to get behind the wheel.

MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers as well as NYPD personnel will be out in force during the holiday season, ready to spot drivers suspected of driving under the influence.

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