Extra Trains Will Be Ready to Handle Sellout Crowds
With postseason baseball returning to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, sell-out crowds are expected to cheer the Mets on during their Wild Card series against the Padres starting on Friday, Oct. 7 at 8:07 p.m.and the Yankees in the American League Division Series starting next Tuesday, Oct. 11.
New York City Transit will stage extra subway trains nearby that can be dispatched to both stations quickly to handle overflow crowds.
After the last out at Citi Field, New York City Transit will run special, super express 7 train service from Mets-Willets Point station, getting fans home almost as fast as a Max Scherzer fastball. Super-express trains will get from Mets-Willets Point to Grand Central Terminal in 22 minutes.
Long Islanders can take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Mets-Willets Point on the Port Washington Branch, or to Woodside, where they can take the 7 train to the game. LIRR will also run additional westbound and eastbound service on the Port Washington Branch following the game to accommodate extra demand.
At Yankee Stadium, riders have several subway options to and from the game, with the and trains providing express service to beat the traffic and cheer on Home Run King Aaron Judge and the Bronx Bombers. Extra service will be provided on the 4 and D trains at the conclusion of every home game, getting fans from 161 St-Yankee Stadium to Grand Central Terminal and 42 St-Bryant Park in 19 minutes and 21 minutes, respectively.
Yankees fans can also take Metro-North Railroad to the game on Yankee Clipper service on the Harlem and New Haven lines directly to Yankees-E. 153 St station or on frequent connecting trains available via Harlem-125 St station. Extra trains will serve Yankees-E. 153 St on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines at the conclusion of each home game.
“Nothing says New York City in the fall quite like October baseball,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “With the Yankees and Mets back in the postseason, and sellout crowds expected at both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, mass transit is the home run option to cheer on New York’s teams. As we look forward to a potential ‘Subway Series’, New Yorkers know that there is no better way than taking transit to the ballpark.”
“It is an exciting time to be a baseball fan in New York, and Metro-North and the LIRR are ready to get fans to and from the ballpark,” said Metro-North President and Long Island Rail Road Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “Taking the train makes it easy for baseball fans to beat the traffic, help the environment, and get to the ballpark in time for all the postseason action.”
Both the NYPD and MTAPD will have enhanced presence on trains and platforms at Mets-Willets Point, 161 St-Yankee Stadium, and Yankees – E. 153 St Stations.
New Yorkers can take advantage of the MTA’s newest fare options that make travel affordable, such as fare capping with the convenient tap-and-go fare payment system, OMNY, as well as Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road’s discounted 20-trip peak ticket.
Getting to Citi Field
New York City Subway and Buses
The Mets-Willets Point subway station is right in front of Citi Field on Roosevelt Avenue near 126 Street. Fans can always take either the local or the express to reach Mets-Willets Point on weekdays. 7 trains operate every two to four minutes, and every other Queens-bound 7 train is an express train on weekday evenings. Grand Central Terminal to Mets-Willets Point is just a 30-minute ride from Grand Central on a local 7 train and 23 minutes on an express 7 train. After games, super-express 7 trains will run, stopping at 61 St-Woodside, Queensboro Plaza, and Court Square, before making all Manhattan stops, getting fans from Mets-Willets Point to Grand Central Terminal in under 22 minutes.
The Q48 bus stops at 126 Street and Roosevelt Avenue, right in front of Citi Field. Customers can use the real-time bus ridership tracking feature on the MYmta app before boarding.
Long Island Rail Road
The LIRR provides direct service to the Mets-Willets Point station all season long via the Port Washington Branch, just a 19-minute ride from Penn Station. Citi Field is just 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington. Fans traveling from Long Island on other branches can reach Citi Field by changing at Woodside, just a five-minute ride from the stadium. LIRR will provide extra service on the Port Washington Branch via Mets-Willets Point at the conclusion of the game, with three extra westbound trains to Penn Station and one extra eastbound train to Port Washington.
Access-A-Ride paratransit has a designated stop at Citi Field located at 41 Seaver Way (126 St and 37 Ave), south of the Bullpen Gate in the Passenger Loading Zone (second cut out) directly in front of the AMWAY awning. Customers have ample shelter and a clear sight line of 126 St from Bullpen Gate.
To book a trip customers can call (877)-337-2017, use MyAAR or the MYmta app.
Mets fans from the Bronx, the northern suburbs or Connecticut can catch any Metro-North train to Grand Central and transfer to the 7 train to Citi Field.
Getting to Yankee Stadium
Metro-North already operates Trains to the Game at Yankee Stadium on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines for every home game and is adding service on the New Haven Line to handle the larger crowds expected for playoff games, starting on Oct. 11. All Yankee Clipper trains, extra trains, connecting trains, ticket information and fares are shown on the MTA TrainTime app and on the website at new.mta.info/schedules.
On the New Haven Line, in addition to the regular Yankee Clipper direct trains to the stadium and the frequent connecting trains available via Harlem-125 St station, Metro-North will operate additional Yankee Clipper return service after the conclusion of the game.
On the Hudson Line, Metro-North will operate its normal Yankee Clipper express and local trains from Poughkeepsie and Croton-Harmon to Yankee Stadium and returning home after the game. Several express and local Hudson Line trains will make additional stops at Yankees-E. 153 St station.
On the Harlem Line, Metro-North will operate its normal Yankee Clipper train directly between Harlem Line stations and Yankees-E. 153 St station for fans returning home after the game. There are frequent trains which connect at Harlem-125 St station with Hudson Line and Shuttle trains for the short ride to and from the stadium.
Extra shuttle trains will also operate between Grand Central Terminal, Harlem-125 St station and Yankees-E. 153 St station, where Yankee Stadium is located right across the park.
Full Metro-North schedules can be found here: Metro-North Railroad Schedules (mta.info)
Fans can also ride with the MTA to the game with convenient service on subways, buses, and paratransit.
New York City Subway
Customers can take the 4 and D trains to the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station.
The subway’s 161 St-Yankee Stadium station, with service on the 4 and D lines, is right in front of the stadium at the corner of 161 St and River Ave.
After games, extra service will be provided on the 4 and D trains.
New York City Buses
The Bx6, Bx6 SBS, and Bx13 stop right in front of the stadium at E 161 St and River Ave. In addition, the Bx1 and Bx2 both stop at E 161 St and the Grand Concourse, a three-block walk to the stadium.
Customers can use the real-time bus ridership tracking feature on the MYmta app before boarding.
Access-A-Ride paratransit has designated stops at Yankee Stadium. To book a trip customers can call (877) 337-2017, use MyAAR or the MYmta app.
For more information, follow Metro-North on Twitter and Facebook. Customers can also reach out via Whatsapp, call 511 to use the interactive system, or speak with a Customer Service Specialist by calling 646-252-1701.