Metro North Thanksgiving 2021 Service Info

The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner & as usual the MTA Metro-North Railroad will be providing extra service. Here is the service plan information the MTA asked me to share with my readers:

Wednesday, Nov. 24: Extra Early Afternoon Service on LIRR, Metro-North and SIR

  • Metro-North will operate a regular weekday service augmented with 10 additional early-getaway trains (five on the New Haven Line, three on the Hudson Line and two on the Harlem Line) departing Grand Central between 12:05-3:05 p.m. Times are shown in the current timetables and are available by using the LIRR TrainTime app and trip planning tools.
  • For Metro-North’s West-of-Hudson customers, early getaway trains will operate on both the Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Line. On the Port Jervis Line, an early-getaway train departs Hoboken at 2:41 p.m., stops at Secaucus Junction, Ramsey/Route 17, Suffern and all stops in New York State to Port Jervis, arriving at 4:56 p.m.
  • On the Pascack Valley Line, the traditional early-getaway train that previously operated on Fridays and the day before holidays is now offered as regular weekday train. It departs Hoboken at 3 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, makes eight stops in New Jersey, Pearl River, Nanuet and arrives at Spring Valley at 4:06 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25: Take the Subway to Macy’s Parade

  • Metro-North is operating on a Saturday schedule with extra service before and after the parade
  • The LIRR and Metro-North’s West of Hudson service will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule with extra service before and after the parade.

Metro-North will provide additional inbound morning service for customers going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There will also be expanded outbound service starting in the late morning and continuing until mid-afternoon for customers traveling to suburban destinations. Finally, there will be expanded evening service for customers returning to New York City. 

West of Hudson Service

  • The Port Jervis Line operates a weekend schedule with one extra round-trip train to accommodate parade-goers.
  • An eastbound train departs Port Jervis at 6:18 a.m., makes all stops to Suffern, then express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken, arriving at 8:30 a.m.
  • A westbound train departs Hoboken at 12:20 p.m., stops at Secaucus Junction and then operates express to Suffern and all stops to Port Jervis, arriving at 2:33 p.m.

The Pascack Valley Line operates a normal weekend service.

Black Friday, Nov. 26

  • Metro-North will operate on an expanded Saturday schedule with additional inbound service in the morning and outbound service in the afternoon to accommodate the Friday workforce and Black Friday shoppers, as well as half-hourly service on the Harlem Line to/from North White Plains. West of Hudson, a regular weekday schedule is in effect.

Metro-North will operate an expanded Saturday schedule with extra service in the traditional AM and PM peak periods.

West of Hudson: The Port Jervis Line will operate a normal weekend schedule, with three additional trains and the Pascack Valley Line will operate a normal weekend service.

Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28

New York City Transit, the LIRR and Metro-North, including West of Hudson service, will operate on regular weekend schedules. For real-time service updates and information, rail commuters and motorists can use the following options:

  • Follow @MTA and the MTA’s operating agencies on Twitter. Sign up for text message or email alerts at

For customers who are located at stations, the MTA will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.

For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the Metro-North’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line. For customers calling from Connecticut, the number is: 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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