With Passover, Good Friday, & Easter coming up, the MTA will be adding extra railroad service & cut back on construction on the roadways. Here are details courtesy of the press release I received:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the MTA’s railroads will operate additional trains to assist customers with travel during Passover, Good Friday and Easter 2011. The New York City Subway, the MTA’s buses in New York City and Nassau County, and the Staten Island Railway will operate on normal schedules throughout the holidays.
MTA Long Island Rail Road:
The Long Island Rail Road will operate nine additional eastbound trains from Penn Station, between 2:08 PM and 3:48 PM on April 18 and 19 for customers leaving work early in observance of Passover. The railroad will do the same on April 22 for customer leaving work early in observance of Good Friday. On each of these days, there will be three additional trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one on the Far Rockaway Branch and two on the Port Washington Branch.
The extra, afternoon service from Penn Station follows:
2:24 PM express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon.
3:00 PM stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.
3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.
Port Jefferson Branch:
2:08 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington.
2:21 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.
3:24 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.
Far Rockaway Branch:
3:48 PM express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway.
Port Washington Branch:
3:18 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St., then all stops to Port Washington.
3:40 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St., then all stops to Great Neck.
MTA Metro-North Railroad:
Metro-North Railroad will add extra cars to trains departing Grand Central between 3 PM and 5 PM on April 18 to accommodate customers who wish to be home before sundown.
Metro-North expects ridership to be down by a third on Good Friday, April 22, as the financial markets will be closed. Metro-North will operate a regular weekday schedule with an extra train bound for the Upper Hudson Line departing Grand Central at 3:25 PM, first stop Beacon, as shown in the April 3 timetable.
On Easter Sunday, April 24, Metro-North will provide three extra Grand Central-bound trains from New Haven, departing at 5:50 PM, 6:50 PM and 7:50PM, making stops at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Westport. These extra trains are noted in the April 3 timetable.
With Passover, Spring Break and Easter this month, MTA Metro-North Railroad is making some schedule changes to better accommodate its customers’ special travel patterns. These changes
are in addition to the new spring timetables that became effective April 3.
On the eve of Passover, Monday, April 18, there will be extra cars on trains departing Grand Central between 3 PM and 5 PM to accommodate those customers who wish to be home before sundown and the beginning of the holy day.
For Spring Break, Monday-Friday, April 18-22, when most schools in the metropolitan region are closed, there will be extra cars on inbound off-peak Harlem, Hudson and inner New Haven
Line trains, especially on Wednesday April 20.
On Good Friday, Friday, April 22, ridership is expected to be down by a third as the financial markets are closed. Even so, Metro-North will operate a regular weekday schedule but trains
will have fewer cars to save on propulsion costs and reduce wear and tear on the equipment. In addition, there will be one extra outbound train for the Upper Hudson Line departing Grand Central at 3:25 PM, first stop Beacon, as shown in the April 3 timetable.
On Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 24, Metro-North anticipates heavy travel in the afternoon and evening as people return to New York City. There will be three extra inbound trains from New Haven with departures at 5:50 PM, 6:50 PM and 7:50PM, making stops at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Westport. These service changes are noted in the April 3 timetable.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels:
MTA Bridges and Tunnels will lift all traffic restrictions and roadway closures (other than permanent or emergency conditions) by early afternoon on Monday, April 18, to facilitate Passover travel. Similarly, there will be no restrictions or closures on Easter Sunday.
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