MTA Winter Storm Gail Plans

With Winter Storm Gail approaching the tri-state area, the MTA is in full gear with its storm plans. Here is the latest info courtesy of the presser sent to me by the agency:

MTA Announces Preparations In Advance of Winter Storm Gail

 

MTA Activates 24/7 Command Center to Monitor Winter Weather Event  

Subways, Railroads and Bridges and Tunnels Deploy Specialized Snow Removal and De-Icing Equipment 

All Local Buses Will Be Equipped with Chains  

 MTA Bridges and Tunnels to Implement Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailer Ban at 4 p.m. on Wednesday  

LIRR to Operate on Enhanced Weekend Schedule on Thursday, Dec. 17 

Watch Video of News Conference and Bus Chaining Process 

View Photos of Winter Weather Preparations 

 

With Winter Storm Gail forecast to bring between 6-18 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has activated its 24/7 Command Center to monitor the storm and ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be spreading salt and clearing platforms and stairs of snow and ice, keeping signals, switches, and third rail operating, and will remove any downed trees that may fall across tracks, and attend to any weather-related challenges during the storm.  

The MTA urges customers to avoid traveling unless necessary. For those who must travel, the MTA suggests checking new.mta.info for the latest service updates before traveling, and to use extreme caution while navigating the system, especially on outdoor platforms and stairs. Customers should sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA’s apps: MYmta, Metro-North Train Time and Long Island Rail Road Train Time. 

“The safety of our employees and customers continues to be our first priority as we prepare for the first winter storm of the season,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “The MTA is no stranger to the challenges posed by inclement weather and is ready as always to rise to the occasion in order to keep New York moving.” 

“All MTA agencies are closely monitoring this storm and we will be ready for whatever winter conditions come our way,” said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren. “We have a comprehensive plan in place that includes using equipment and personnel to keep tracks, stations, platforms and roadways clear of snow and ice, so our system can continue to operate.” 

 

Commuter Railroads 

With snow totals forecast to be highest in the suburbs, especially north of the city, Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will consider various service options due to the vast coverage of service areas and severity of the storm. 

Snow-fighting equipment is winterized, tested and positioned strategically throughout both railroads. Protective heat circuits are verified to be operational, air brake lines are purged of any moisture to prevent them from freezing and electric trains are fitted with special third rail shoes to prevent snow from accumulating.  

 

Metro-North Railroad  

Metro-North is closely monitoring conditions and may modify or suspend service if snowfall is heavy. In ice storms, blizzards, or sustained winds over 39 mph, train service may be severely curtailed or suspended, especially if there are frozen switches, downed trees, or a loss of third rail or overhead catenary power.  

Metro-North Railroad installed third rail snow shoes on its electric trains to scrape ice off of exposed third rails, shrouds exposed train couplers with snow covers to keep snow out, treats exposed shoes with de-icer, and sprays door panels with an anti-freeze agent. 

“We are monitoring the forecasts carefully, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” said Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi. “Our crews will be deployed before, during and after the storm to combat the weather and ensure we can operate service safely.”  

Metro-North Railroad has the following snow-fighting equipment ready to go, strategically located at facilities around the system: 

  • 1,816 ice scraper railcar mounted contact “shoes”  
  • 635 track switch heaters / melters 
  • 220 portable snowblowers / throwers 
  • 196 portable generators 
  • 146 chainsaws 
  • 70 Truck-Mountable Snow Plows / Salt Spreaders  
  • 21 front loaders 
  • 20 backhoes 
  • 20 excavators 
  • Six dump trucks 
  • Six cold-air rail snow blowers / throwers 
  • Three emergency response trailers 
  • Two rail-bound snow brooms 

Along the tracks, switches – the interlocking tracks that allow rail traffic controllers to route trains from one track to another – are treated with an anti-freeze agent and lubricated. Metro-North Railroad uses electric switch heaters. 

 

Long Island Rail Road 

To help allow crews to attend to weather-related conditions and in anticipation of reduced ridership, the Long Island Rail Road will operate on an enhanced weekend schedule for Thursday, Dec. 17. 

Since the LIRR: Forward plan was announced in May 2018, the railroad has prioritized initiatives to improve the railroads efforts to fight weather events that can disrupt service. The LIRR has installed 86 switch snow covers, replaced 332 utility poles alongside the tracks, insulated 38 switches, installed 3,304 M7 weather-resistant doorway threshold plates and replaced 16,000 feet of cable in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel to make it resistant to salt-water intrusion since the beginning of the program.

“The core of the LIRR Forward plan is the recognition of the need to be prepared for difficult situations,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “We know that we cannot control Mother Nature. But we can minimize service impacts and recover more quickly from storms by being as prepared as possible.” 

Long Island Rail Road has the following snow-fighting equipment located at various yards around the system ready for deployment: 

  • 978,000 lbs. of de-icing material 
  • More than 22,000 linear feet of third rail heater 
  • 262 portable snowblowers / throwers 
  • 250 cars equipped with ice scrapers / contact shoes 
  • 235 chainsaws 
  • 167 portable generators 
  • 28 front loaders 
  • 25 cubic yards of sand 
  • 25 torches 
  • 17 box trucks 
  • 10 dump trucks 
  • Eight truck-mountable snow plows / salt spreaders 
  • Four de-icer trains 
  • Five excavators 
  • Three backhoe loaders 
  • Three cold-air rail snow blowers / throwers 
  • Two forklifts 

Along the right-of-way, switches – the interlocking tracks that allow rail traffic controllers to route trains from one track to another – are treated with an anti-freeze agent and lubricated. Long Island Rail Road has switch heaters with natural gas burners at Jamaica Station and electrical heating elements at switches around the system. 

Long Island Rail Road may modify or suspend service if snowfall is heavy. In ice storms, blizzards, or sustained winds over 39 mph, train service may be severely curtailed or suspended, especially if there are frozen switches or there is a loss of third rail power.  

 

New York City Subway and Staten Island Railway 

While the underground portions of the system remain unaffected during snowstorms, there are nearly 220 miles of outdoor track throughout the boroughs. The Rockaway , Sea Beach , Flushing , Brighton  and Dyre Av  Lines are particularly vulnerable to snow and freezing precipitation. To prevent subway trains from being blocked in yards, they will be moved and stored underground in anticipation of heavy snow or ice. This will impact service on lines with express service. 

“New York City Transit has been planning for this storm for days,” said Interim President of MTA New York City Transit Sarah Feinberg. “This is an all-hands-on-deck event, and we are ready to respond no matter how the weather evolves.”  

New York City Transit has a yellow-hued fleet of snow and ice-fighting equipment designed to keep outdoor tracks, switches and third rails clear of snow and ice. Super-powered snow throwers, jet-powered snow-blowers, and de-icing cars – retired subway cars modified with tanks and other specialized equipment to spray de-icing fluid on the third rail — are ready for immediate deployment.  

NYC Transit resources strategically deployed for the storm include: 

  • More than 236,000 lbs. of de-icing material 
  • 9,300 gallons of diesel fuel 
  • 4,300 gallons of gasoline 
  • 2,770 ice scraper shoes 
  • 259 third rail heaters / melters 
  • 249 track switch heaters / melters 
  • 230 portable generators 
  • 218 jet engine powered blowers / snow melters 
  • 129 portable snowblowers / throwers 
  • 126 chainsaws 
  • 60 emergency response vehicles or road servie trucks 
  • 56 box trucks 
  • 43 forklifts 
  • 42 torches 
  • 14 dump trucks 
  • 11 de-icer trains 
  • Eight truck mountable snow plows / salt spreaders 
  • Six front loaders 
  • Five excavators 
  • Four debris-clearing trains 
  • Three backhoe loaders 

 

New York City Buses  

Due to predicted high levels of snow accumulation, buses will operate reduced service based on anticipated lower ridership.  All local buses will also be fitted with tire chains.  Articulated buses will be replaced by shorter buses starting Wednesday morning. 

“We will monitor the weather carefully so that we can respond nimbly and quickly to changing conditions,” said President of the MTA Bus Company and Senior Vice President for Buses for MTA New York City Transit Craig Cipriano. “Provision of bus service depends on roadway conditions and we will carefully coordinate with the New York City Department of Sanitation and be ready to supplement snow clearance from bus routes with MTA resources.” 

In addition, New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Co. has 35 snow fighters in our fleet, which operate on predetermined routes to quickly reach highly trafficked areas such as terminals, lay-over locations, facilities and known hotspots.  

Bus managers have technology that tracks service when it falls below minimum expected levels on any route, allowing them to make decisions more quickly. Bus service will be adjusted based on road conditions around the city and service curtailments on a route-by-route basis are possible. 

MTA New York City Transit’s Department of Buses, and the MTA Bus Company have these pieces of equipment and supplies on hand to fight the storm: 

  • More than 800,000 gallons of diesel fuel 
  • More than 338,000 lbs. of de-icing material 
  • 28,000 gallons of gasoline 
  • 83 box trucks 
  • 77 truck-mountable snow plows / salt spreaders 
  • 57 portable snow blowers / throwers 
  • 40 emergency response vehicles / road service trucks 
  • 36 bucket trucks 
  • 22 dump trucks 
  • 22 wreckers / tow trucks 
  • 14 portable generators 
  • Two fuel tanker trucks 

 

MTA Bridges and Tunnels 

To ensure safe roadway conditions at the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels, an empty and tandem tractor tailor ban will be implemented beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.  

Bridges and Tunnels assembled many pieces of snow fighting equipment and material. 

  • 8,300 tons of salt 
  • 50 portable snow blowers / throwers 
  • 74 truck mountable snow plows / salt spreaders 
  • 54 dump trucks 
  • 45 portable generators 
  • 31 front loaders 
  • 31 wreckers / tow trucks 
  • 25 variable message signs 
  • 23 bucket trucks 
  • 17 weather monitoring stations 
  • 14 light tow vehicles 
  • 12 chainsaws 
  • 10 forklifts 
  • 10 torches 
  • 10 car carrier trailers 

Bridges are equipped with embedded roadway sensors for temperature and above-ground atmospheric sensors that deliver real-time information on wind velocity, wind direction, humidity and precipitation via wireless communication. These sensors record data used to determine if speed restrictions are necessary. 

“Our crews are ready to clear snow and ice and deploy salt and sand on our roadway surfaces, and to help any motorists who may need assistance,” said President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels Daniel F. DeCrescenzo Jr. “We are ready to do what it takes to provide a safe motoring environment across our facilities, but we will also be monitoring conditions in real time throughout the event and will be ready to implement weather-related restrictions if needed at any or all of our facilities.” 

Customers are encouraged to sign up for customer alerts by visiting www.mymtaalerts.com

 

Access-A-Ride 

Access-A-Ride customers may experience additional travel and wait times. Depending on conditions, customers may want to reconsider travel, unless medically necessary. For Access-A-Ride paratransit service, a dashboard storm monitoring system is in place to track immobilized vehicles and customers. 

New York City Transit has also coordinated a procedure with New York City first-responders and the Office of Emergency Management for rescuing customers on immobilized vehicles or those who develop medical needs during storms. Also in place is a paratransit-specific Storm Action Plan that includes processes for curtailing all non-medically essential service. 

Customers should check mta.info for updates and modified emergency schedules. 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2019!!!

I would like to take this moment & wish each & every single reader & supporter of TransitBlogger.com a MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you enjoy the holiday season with your friends & family while making new memories that will last a lifetime!

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LIRR 2019 Holiday Service Plan Info

Here is the Christmas & New Year’s Eve 2019 service plan information for the MTA Long Island Rail Road:

December 24: Extra Holiday Eve Service for Christmas Eve

13 Extra Trains Departing Penn Station

Weekend/Holiday Schedule in Effect all Day on December 25, Christmas Day

The LIRR will provide 13 additional departures from Penn Station on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, for those heading home early for the Christmas holiday. The additional service includes:

Ronkonkoma Branch

  • 12:46 PM train to Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, local to Ronkonkoma
  • 1:49 PM train to Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, local to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch

  • 1:28 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 1:56 PM train to Jamaica, Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 2:22 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 2:32 PM express to Lynbrook, local to Babylon
  • 3:00 PM train to Jamaica, Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville/Huntington)

  • 2:08 PM train to Jamaica, Mineola, local to Huntington
  • 2:26 PM train to Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, local to Huntington
  • 3:24 PM train to Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury, Hicksville

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck)

  • 3:40 PM train to Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch

  • 3:48 PM train to Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, all stops to Far Rockaway

On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, LIRR trains will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

December 31 – January 1: Extra Holiday Service for New Year’s Eve

The LIRR will provide 13 extra afternoon trains from Penn Station on Tuesday, December 31, for those leaving early for New Year’s Eve. The additional trains depart Penn Station as follows:

Ronkonkoma Branch

  • 12:46 PM train to Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, local to Ronkonkoma
  • 1:49 PM train to Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, local to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch

  • 1:28 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 1:56 PM train to Jamaica, Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 2:22 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 2:32 PM express to Lynbrook, local to Babylon
  • 3:00 PM train to Jamaica, Rockville Centre, local to Babylon
  • 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, local to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville/Huntington)

  • 2:08 PM train to Jamaica, Mineola, local to Huntington
  • 2:26 PM train to Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, local to Huntington
  • 3:24 PM train to Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury, Hicksville

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck)

  • 3:40 PM train to Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch

  • 3:48 PM train to Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, all stops to Far Rockaway

On Tuesday evening, December 31, the LIRR will operate 21 extra westbound trains to Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal for those attending New Year’s Eve celebrations. The extra trains are:

Port Jefferson Branch

  • 4:55 PM Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 6:39 PM Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville, Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal
  • 6:59 PM Hicksville, local to Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 7:10 PM Port Jefferson, local to Huntington, Hicksville, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 7:33 PM Hicksville, local to Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 7:38 PM Huntington, local to Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 8:25 PM Huntington, local to Jamaica, Penn Station

Long Beach Branch

  • 5:42 PM Long Beach, local to Valley Stream, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 8:13 PM Long Beach, local to Valley Stream, Jamaica, Penn Station

Babylon Branch

  • 5:45 PM Babylon, local to Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal
  • 6:20 PM Babylon, local to Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 7:24 PM Freeport, local to Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 8:09 PM Babylon, local to Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 9:25 PM Babylon, local to Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Branch

  • 6:50 PM Ronkonkoma, local to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal
  • 7:42 PM Ronkonkoma, local to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica, Penn Station
  • 8:40 PM Ronkonkoma, local to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica, Penn Station

Hempstead Branch

  • 7:36 PM Hempstead, local to Jamaica, Penn Station

Port Washington Branch

  • 7:07 PM Great Neck, local to Woodside, Penn Station
  • 8:42 PM Port Washington, local to Woodside, Penn Station

Montauk Branch

  • 8:03 PM Speonk, local to Babylon, Jamaica, Penn Station

On Wednesday, January 1, the LIRR will operate 15 extra eastbound trains from Penn Station for those returning home after attending New Year’s Eve festivities. The extra trains are:

Port Washington Branch

  • 12:35 AM Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, all stops to Port Washington
  • 2:19 AM Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, all stops to Port Washington
  • 4:18 AM Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, all stops to Port Washington

Ronkonkoma Branch

  • 12:57 AM Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, all stops to Ronkonkoma
  • 2:02 AM Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, all stops to Ronkonkoma
  • 3:54 AM Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, all stops to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch

  • 1:09 AM Jamaica, Rockville Centre, all stops to Babylon
  • 2:14 AM Jamaica, Lynbrook, all stops to Babylon
  • 2:59 AM Jamaica, Lynbrook, all stops to Babylon
  • 3:29 AM Jamaica, Lynbrook, all stops to Babylon

Montauk Branch

  • 1:32 AM Jamaica, Rockville Centre, all stops to Speonk

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch

  • 1:54 AM Jamaica, New Hyde Park, all stops to Huntington
  • 2:44 AM Jamaica, New Hyde Park, all stops to Huntington
  • 3:11 AM Jamaica, New Hyde Park, all stops to Port Jefferson

Long Beach Branch

  • 2:34 AM Jamaica, Valley Stream, all stops to Long Beach

Note: An extra train to Huntington and Ronkonkoma, and two extra trains to Babylon, will depart approximately 20 minutes after the end of the concert at the Barclays Center.

 

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Metro North Holiday Service Plan Info

Here is the Christmas & New Year’s service plan information for the MTA Metro-North Railroad:

East of Hudson Metro-North Service (December 24 – January 1)

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Early Christmas Getaway Service Tuesday, December 24, features extra trains departing Grand Central beginning at 1 p.m. Some evening trains will be cancelled or combined because of reduced ridership later in the day.

On Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, trains will operate on a special holiday schedule with hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on all branch lines.

For the week between Christmas and New Year’s (Thursday-Friday, December 26-27, and on Monday December 30), trains will operate on a weekday schedule with reduced AM Peak service and additional inbound service operating in the late morning. PM peak service will operate normally.

So if you are taking family and friends to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, stroll by the holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue, or take in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular or The Illusionists (see all of Metro-North’s discounted New York City packages), Metro-North will get you there.

When you purchase your tickets, we recommend you use MTA eTix®, the mobile ticketing app that enables you to purchase those ten-trip, one way, round trip, weekly and monthly passes on your smartphone or mobile device.

New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, trains will operate on a reduced weekday schedule in the morning and evening rush hours.

New Year’s Eve Service includes extra inbound late afternoon and early evening service to get you to your party. And there is “overnight” New Year’s morning service that will get you safely home when that party is finally over!

Please remember that drinking alcohol on Metro-North trains and at our stations is banned from noon New Year’s Eve until noon New Year’s Day.

Buy your tickets in advance. Those of you taking our early morning New Year service will have your tickets collected prior to boarding trains at Grand Central. The best way to do that is with MTA eTix®.

New Year’s Day

Finally, on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020, Metro-North will operate hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on branch lines.

For more details, please see a Christmas/New Year’s Holiday Timetable or our Train Time app.

West of Hudson Metro-North Service

Christmas Eve

On Tuesday, December 24, early getaway trains will operate on both the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines:

  • The regularly scheduled Port Jervis Line departure from Hoboken at 2:41 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and all stops between Suffern and Middletown/Town of Wallkill, will be extended to stop at Otisville and Port Jervis. Customers from Manhattan wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:33 p.m. departure from Penn Station-NY to connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate this service, the 6:15 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Port Jervis will not operate.
  • The Pascack Valley train departing Hoboken at 2:58 p.m. will stop at Secaucus Junction, and select stations in New Jersey, and Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley. Customers from Manhattan who are wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:51 p.m. departure from Penn Station-NY to connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate this train, the 5:58 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley will not operate.

Christmas Day and Immediately After

On Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day, trains will run on a regular weekend/holiday schedule, with the addition of a late-afternoon train on the Port Jervis Line from Port Jervis to Hoboken. This train departs Port Jervis at 4:05 p.m., makes all stops to Suffern and then operates express to Secaucus Jct and Hoboken, arriving at 6:24 p.m.; the connecting train from Secaucus Jct to New York arrives in Penn Station at 6:33 p.m.

On Thursday, Friday and Monday, December 26, 27 and 30, trains will run on a regular weekday schedule.

On Tuesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, trains will run on a regular weekday schedule. After the ball drops in Times Square, there will be one train rescheduled to operate later and one extra train on both the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines to take revelers home.

  • On the Port Jervis Line, the 12:40 a.m. departure from Hoboken to Port Jervis is changed to depart Hoboken at 1:27 a.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and operates express to Suffern and then all station stops to Port Jervis, with a connecting train from New York that departs Penn Station at 1:23 a.m.; a second train departs Hoboken at 3 a.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and then all station stops to Port Jervis, with a connecting train from New York that departs Penn Station at 2:51 a.m.
  • On the Pascack Valley Line, the 12:45 a.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley is changed to depart Hoboken at 1:24 a.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction and then all station stops to Spring Valley, with a connecting train from New York that departs Penn Station at 1:18 a.m.; a second train departs Hoboken at 3:45 a.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction and then all station stops to Spring Valley, with a connecting train from New York that departs Penn Station at 3:30 a.m.

New Year’s Day

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, New Year’s Day, trains will run on a Weekend/Holiday schedule, with the addition of a late-afternoon train on the Port Jervis Line from Port Jervis to Hoboken. This added train departs Port Jervis at 4:05 p.m., makes all stops to Suffern and then operates express to Secaucus Jct. and Hoboken, arriving at 6:24 p.m.; the connecting train from Secaucus Jct. to New York arrives in Penn Station at 6:33 p.m.

 

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NYC Transit 2019 Holiday Schedule Info

The end of the decade is upon us & the MTA will be there for all your travel needs. Here is their planned schedule for the Christmas & New Year’s holiday in regards to NYC Transit:

On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020, subways and buses will run on a Sunday schedule. Staten Island Railway will run on a Saturday schedule.

Sunday Schedule Reminder for Subways

  • 5 service will run between Bowling Green in Manhattan and Dyre Av in the Bronx, day/evening.
  • 5 and D trains will run local in the Bronx.
  • Use 6 and 7 local service instead of 6 and 7 express service.
  • Use ACD, or Q trains instead of B trains.
  • Use J local service instead of J/Z skip-stop service.
  • M trains will run between Metropolitan Av in Queens and Delancey-Essex Sts in Manhattan, day/evening.
  • N trains will run local in Manhattan.
  • Use N, Q, or R service instead of W trains.

L Project will not be in effect; expect normal L service, running on a Sunday schedule (check signage in your station for details).

Special Weekday Bus Schedules

Christmas Eve, December 24 Extra Service for the following Staten Island-bound routes:

Departures from 23 St and Broadway, Manhattan

  • SIM1c at 12:32 PM, 1:02 PM, 1:31 PM, and 1:43 PM
  • SIM3c at 12:29 PM, 12:59 PM, and 1:29 PM
  • SIM4c at 12:24 PM, 1:24 PM, and 2:10 PM
  • SIM33c at 12:29 PM, 12:59 PM, and 1:29 PM

Departures from Chambers St and Broadway, Manhattan

  • SIM1c at 12:55 PM, 1:10 PM, 1:25 PM, 1:40 PM, 1:54 PM, and 2:06 PM
  • SIM3c at 12:22 PM, 12:52 PM, 1:23 PM, and 1:53 PM
  • SIM4c at 12:40 PM, 1:41 PM, 1:56 PM, and 2:26 PM
  • SIM33c at 12:52 PM, 1:23 PM, and 1:53 PM

Tuesday through Tuesday (December 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31) modified schedules will be in effect for these routes: Brooklyn X27, X28, X37, X38 and Queens X63, X64, X68 (select your route to see a PDF schedule). Or, you can use Plan a Trip.

Monday through the following Tuesday (December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31): local, limited and Select Bus Service will operate on an adjusted weekday schedule. Use Plan a Trip to make your itinerary.

New Year’s Eve, December 31 Extra Service Trips for the following Staten Island-bound routes:

From 23 St, Manhattan

  • SIM1c first extra trip at 12:32 PM
  • SIM3c first extra trip at 12:29 PM
  • SIM4c first extra trip at 12:24 PM
  • SIM33c first extra trip at 12:29 PM

From Chambers St, Manhattan

  • SIM1c first extra trip at 12:55 PM
  • SIM3c first extra trip at 12:22 PM
  • SIM4c first extra trip at 12:40 PM
  • SIM33c first extra trip at 12:52 PM

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