NYC Transit St. Patrick’s Day Service Info

Here is the NYC Transit service plan info for St. Patrick’s Day 2015:

New York City subways and buses will operate on a normal weekday schedule, with parade-related service changes as noted below.

New York City Subway:

The 77th Street station on the 6 line, near the parade’s end point at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be the most affected station. The NYPD may designate some staircases at the station as entry/exit only on both the uptown and downtown platforms for crowd control.

New York City Buses:

The following New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company routes will be subject to detour in the area along the parade route: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M31, M50, M57, M66, M72, M79, X1, X10, X17, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, BxM10, BxM11 and Q32.

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LIRR St. Patrick’s Day Service Info

The Long Island Rail Road will be providing special service for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. Here are the details:

MTA Long Island Rail Road has scheduled 16 extra trains – six westbound morning trains and 10 eastbound afternoon trains to accommodate thousands of LIRR customers who will be traveling to and from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan on Monday, March 17. The additional trains will supplement the LIRR’s regular weekday schedule.

No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed:

In an effort to maintain orderly travel for customers, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms or at stations from 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 through 5:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18. Any alcoholic beverages found by MTA Police on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA Police.

Buy Your Tickets Before Boarding the Train:

LIRR customers can buy round trip tickets including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service in advance in order to save time and avoid lines at LIRR ticket windows and ticket machines and New York City Transit MetroCard windows and ticket machines. Customers purchasing tickets onboard the train will be charged the higher step-up price.

The following trains are being added to the regular weekday schedule:

6 Extra AM Westbound Trains to Penn Station

Babylon Branch:

8:41 a.m. Freeport train, making all stops through Lynbrook, Jamaica and New York.

9:23 a.m. train from Wantagh making all stops through Rockville Centre, then stopping at Jamaica and New York

9:48 a.m. train from Wantagh making all stops through Rockville Centre, then stopping at Jamaica and New York.

Port Jefferson Branch:

9 a.m. train from Hicksville, stopping at Westbury, Mineola, Merillon Ave, New Hyde Park, Jamaica, and New York.

10:15 a.m. from Huntington, stopping at Hicksville, Jamaica, and Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Branch:

9:27 a.m. from Farmingdale, stopping at Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica, and Penn Station

10 Extra PM Eastbound Trains from Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Brach:

1:46 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Babylon Branch:

2:22 running express to Rockville Centre, the making all stops to Babylon

2:32 p.m. running express to Lynbrook, then making all stops to Babylon.

3:00 p.m. train to Babylon making stops at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon.

3:31 p.m. running express to Rockville Centre, then making all local stops to Babylon.

Port Jefferson Branch:

2:08 p.m. train to Huntington stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Carle Place and making all stops to Huntington.

2:29 p.m. train to Huntington, stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and making all stop to Huntington.

3:24 p.m. train to Hicksville stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.

Port Washington Branch:

3:40 p.m. train to Great Neck, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main Street and making all stops to Great Neck.

Far Rockaway Branch:

3:48 p.m. train to Far Rockaway stopping at Locust Manor and making all stops to Far Rockaway

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Metro North Special St. Patty’s Day Service

The Metro-North Railroad will be providing special service for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. Here are the details:

With the 254th St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, Metro-North will ban alcohol to maintain orderly train service and is planning to run up to six extra inbound trains to help accommodate revelers heading to the parade. Going home, one extra train will
run on the Hudson Line.

An extra train will depart from Poughkeepsie at 8:23 a.m. and stop at New Hamburg at 8:32 a.m. and Beacon at 8:41 a.m. before running express to Harlem-125th Street (arriving at 9:46 a.m.) and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:01 a.m.

Five other standby trains will be pre-positioned, crewed, and ready to pick up passengers on the Harlem and Hudson Lines as demand warrants. In the afternoon, two additional trains will run on the Hudson Line, departing Grand Central as demand warrants. Metro-North staff will be located at key stations observing the number of customers awaiting trains. The railroad is prepared to make minute-by-minute decisions about when to operate the extra trains.

To ensure order aboard and to assure that fares are collected, conductors will be posted at Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon to collect tickets before customers board trains. This procedure, called gate collection, is commonly used at Grand Central after other high volume travel days, such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New Year’s Eve ball drop.

Customers should buy round trip tickets in advance at their home stations using ticket machines and ticket offices. (Special machines are being installed for the day at Beacon in the underpass.) Because large crowds are expected, customers should get to the station early to buy tickets.

In an effort to maintain orderly travel for customers, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms or at stations on Tuesday, March 17. Any alcoholic beverages found by MTA Police on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA Police.

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Service Diversions 03-12-15

Get an early start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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FASTRACK Comes To The 2 & 3 Next

The MTA NYC Transit FASTRACK program will now be coming to the 2 Train & 3 Train in Harlem & the Bronx for 2 consecutive weeks. Here are the full details:

For the first time, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the 23 lines in Harlem and the Bronx for two consecutive weeks. Beginning Monday, March 16, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights, and from Monday, March 23, to early morning Friday, March 27, 2 trains are suspended between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St. 3 service is entirely suspended.

2 train service will operate in two sections:

1. Between Wakefield-241 St and 3 Av-149 St. Trains from Wakefield-241 St skip Jackson Av.

2, Between 96 St and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.

Travel alternatives:
Use free shuttle buses to complete your trip. Buses operate as follows:

1. Between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St, making all 2 station stops at 149 St-Grand Concourse, 145 St, 135 St, 125 St, 116 St, and 110 St.

2. Between Harlem-148 St and 96 St, making all 3 station stops at 145 St, 135 St, 125 St, 116 St, and 110 St.

3. Transfer between free shuttle buses and the 2 at 96 St and/or 3 Av-149 St, or the 4 at 149 St-Grand Concourse.

4. 4 trains make all 3 stops in Brooklyn to/from New Lots Av. Transfer between 2 and 4 at Franklin Av.

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