Metro-North Thanksgiving 2014 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2014 service plan for the Metro-North:

Metro-North Railroad is providing special service and extra trains throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Give thanks that you can take the train and avoid traffic, tolls, and all the other headaches that come with driving on one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

Here’s a recipe for happy Thanksgiving travel: Buy your tickets in advance (like your turkey)and avoid long lines. If you plan a round-trip, buy a round trip ticket!

Thanksgiving is Metro-North’s busiest travel day of the year, and if you’re leaving New York after the parade, customers must show a ticket before boarding trains at Grand Central or Harlem-125th Street Station.

The good news is off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day holiday. Free parking is available at many stations. (Check for signs at stations, or go to or call 511 for details. Outside of New York, call 877-690-5114.)

On Wednesday, November 26, 22 early getaway trains depart Grand Central between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and most trains will have extra cars. (Train times are shown in the November 9 timetable.) Wednesday night, because most people have left early, some evening trains may be cancelled or
combined, so be sure to check the timetable.

A special printed Thanksgiving holiday timetable covers Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. Copies are available in Grand Central Terminal and at outlying stations. Information also is available on line at

On Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 27), there are extra inbound trains for those heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Holiday Parade, which steps off at 9:00 a.m. at 81st Street & Central Park West and ends in front of the miracle on 34th Street. And after the extravaganza, there are plenty of outbound trains to get you home, or to the moveable feast.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, also known as Black Friday, Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional inbound trains in the morning and outbound trains in the afternoon to accommodate all those shoppers and those folks who must work on Friday.

Finally, on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 we will provide regular weekend schedules with the usual Shoppers’ Specials trains, 13 on Saturday and four on Sunday.


Early getaway trains will operate on both the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines on Wednesday.

On the Port Jervis Line, there’s a 2:39 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station (2:45 p.m. departure from Hoboken), making all stops from Suffern through Port Jervis. (To accommodate this train, the 6:11p.m. departure from Hoboken will not operate.)

On the Pascack Valley Line, there’s a 2:51 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station (2:58 p.m. departure from Hoboken), making select stops in New Jersey before arriving at Pearl River, Nanuet, and Spring Valley. (To accommodate this train, the 7:20 p.m. departure from Hoboken will not operate.)

On Thursday, a regular holiday/weekend schedule will be in effect for both lines, with one additional round trip on the Port Jervis Line, which is shown in the November 9 timetable.

For those heading in to the parade, there will be a 6:22 a.m. departure from Port Jervis arriving in Hoboken at 8:30 a.m. (a connection at Secaucus Junction arrives at midtown New York’s Penn Station at 8:39 a.m.) and to get home, there’s a 12:13 p.m. departure from Hoboken (12:07 p.m. from New York’s Penn Station) that operates express to Suffern, then makes all stops to Port Jervis.

On Friday, a regular weekday schedule will be in effect, and on Saturday and Sunday, a regular weekend schedule will be in effect on both Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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