LIRR and Metro-North Add Early Getaway Afternoon Trains to Accommodate Holiday Travel
Five Additional Ferries to Run on Friday, Sept. 1, for Orange County and Rockland County Metro-North Customers
LIRR Montauk Sunday Return Trains Run on Monday, Sept. 4
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today provided details on service highlights for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend across New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, Access-A-Ride, and Bridges and Tunnels. The railroads are adding a few early-getaway trains to help New Yorkers get an early start on the three-day weekend.
Service details for each agency are below:
Long Island Rail Road
The LIRR will operate two early getaway trains on Friday, Sept. 1, to help customers get an early head start on the holiday weekend, one on the Ronkonkoma Branch and one on the Babylon Branch.
- A 2:55 p.m. train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma. (Effective Sept. 5, as part of the fall schedule change, this train will regularly run Monday through Friday.)
- A 2:38 p.m. from Penn Station to Babylon, making all local Babylon stops.
On Saturday, Sept. 2, the LIRR will operate on a normal Saturday schedule. On Sunday, Sept. 3 the LIRR will operate on a Saturday schedule.
On Monday, Sept. 5, the LIRR will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule with Montauk Branch trains running on a Sunday schedule. To highlight:
- The 1:17 p.m., 4:18 p.m., 6:22 p.m. and 8:22 p.m. trains from Montauk to Jamaica, and the 3:25 p.m. train from Southampton to Jamaica, usually scheduled to run Sundays, will instead run on Monday along with other added service from the Hamptons and Montauk.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 7:18 a.m. train from Montauk to Hunterspoint Ave, which usually runs on summer Mondays, is instead scheduled to run on Tuesday for those returning to New York City after the long holiday weekend.
To plan your trip, consult the TrainTime app or visit new.mta.info.
Metro-North will have service adjustments on both the East and West of Hudson Lines for the Labor Day weekend.
East of Hudson
Extra trains will operate on both Thursday and Friday on Metro-North’s three East of Hudson lines.
On the Hudson Line, Metro-North Railroad will operate three early-getaway trains on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, to allow customers to get an early start on the holiday weekend.
- The 1:18 p.m. train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie will stop at Harlem/125thSt, operate express to Croton-Harmon and make all stops to Poughkeepsie, except Manitou.
- The 1:50 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125th St and make all stops to Croton-Harmon. Hudson Rail Link buses will meet at Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale.
- The 2:18 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125thSt, operate express to Croton-Harmon and make all stops to Poughkeepsie, except Manitou.
Because of lower ridership in the late afternoon, the 5:30 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. trains to Poughkeepsie will not operate.
- Hudson Rail Link buses will meet the 1:50 p.m. early-getaway train at Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale for their routes throughout the neighborhoods.
- There will be two early-getaway Haverstraw-Ossining ferries, one boat meeting the 2:20 p.m. local and 2:43 p.m. express from Grand Central and a second boat meeting the 3:21 p.m. local departures from Grand Central.
- There will be three early-getaway Newburgh-Beacon ferries, meeting the 2:43 p.m., 3:18 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. departures from Grand Central. Newburgh-Beacon ferry customers who normally ride the 5:30 p.m. Poughkeepsie express from Grand Central should ride the 5:32 p.m. Poughkeepsie express, which will connect with the ferry at Beacon.
On the Harlem Line, Metro-North Railroad will operate two early-getaway trains:
- The 1:16 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125 St, operate express to White Plains and make all stops to Southeast, except Mount Pleasant
- The 1:52 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125 St and make all stops to North White Plains.
Because of lower ridership in the late afternoon, the 5:27 p.m. train to Southeast will not operate.
New Haven Line
On the New Haven Line, there will be three early-getaway trains and one service change:
- The 2:28 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125thSt, operate express to Westport and select stops to New Haven
- The 2:56 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125thSt, operate express to Larchmont and make all stops to Stamford
- The 3:27 p.m. train from Grand Central will stop at Harlem/125thSt, operate express to Westport and select stops to New Haven
- The 5:18 p.m. train to New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison will not operate. Instead, the 5:21 p.m. train from Grand Central which stops at Mt. Vernon East, Pelham and New Rochelle, will be extended to Harrison making stops at Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
Because of lower ridership in the late afternoon, the 5:41 p.m. and 6:07 p.m. New Haven express trains will not operate.
Metro-North’s East of Hudson lines will operate a normal Saturday schedule on Saturday, Sept. 2, and a Sunday schedule on both Sunday, Sept. 3, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Normal weekday service resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
West of Hudson
Pascack Valley Line
On Friday, Sept. 1, customers who ride the 5:25 p.m. connecting train from New York Penn Station to Secaucus Junction to board the 5:43 p.m. Pascack Valley Line train to Spring Valley, arriving at 6:26 p.m., please note that the connecting train will depart New York Penn Station 5 minutes earlier, at 5:20 p.m. instead of at 5:25 p.m.
Port Jervis Line
Metro-North will operate a normal schedule on the Port Jervis Line on Friday, Sept. 1. On Monday, Sept. 4, an extra train departs Port Jervis at 4:05 p.m., making all stops through Suffern, then express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken, arriving at Hoboken at 6:24 p.m., with a connecting train at Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station arriving New York at 6:33 p.m.
To plan your trip, consult the TrainTime app or visit new.mta.info.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Routine maintenance and construction at all MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings will cease at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.
Daytime scheduled maintenance requiring full lane closures will be suspended beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Critical roadwork may be permitted during overnight hours at times when traffic permits. Maximum roadway availability will be maintained during times of peak travel.
Customers are advised to check any of the MTA’s multiple communications channels listed below before traveling.
New York City Transit
Starting Wednesday, Aug.30 at 9:45 p.m., the M line will be shut down for five consecutive days to accommodate switch replacement work. M service will resume 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 5, only between Middle Village- Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Rockefeller Ctr. M service between Forest Hills –71 Av and 47-50 Rockefeller Ctr remains suspended due to ongoing track replacement work in the 63rd St tunnel.
As a reminder, F trains running via the E line in both directions between Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av and 5 Av/53 St, resuming service at 47-50 Sts. Special F shuttle runs every 20 minutes between 21 St-Queensbridge and Lexington Av/63 St, stopping at Roosevelt Island.
For additional travel alternatives this weekend, customers are encouraged to visit the MYmta app or the https://new.mta.info/.
During the Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, the subway will run on a regular weekend schedule. On Labor Day, the subway will run on a Sunday schedule. That means there will be no service on the B, W and Z trains; no express 6 or 7 trains; and no express F trains in Brooklyn.
During the Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, New York City buses will run on a regular weekend schedule. On Labor Day, buses will run on a Sunday schedule.
Access-A-Ride customers may make reservations 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling Access-A-Ride at (877) 337-2017 or (718) 393-4999 and pressing prompt #2, online at https://new.mta.info/accessibility/paratransit, or via the MYmta app.
The Access-A-Ride Command Center operates 24/7 to assist customers on the day of trip, such as confirming a reservation or ascertaining a vehicle’s estimated time of arrival. Customers should call (877) 337-2017 or (718) 393-4999 and press prompt #5.
Service Information Available
MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services all in one place.
new.mta.info – The “Service Status” box at new.mta.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line.
Live Subway Map – The Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlights accessible stations, and much more.
Email/Text Alerts and Weekly Newsletter – Customers can sign up for email and SMS alerts tailored to their specific commutes and travel times. They can also sign up for MTA newsletters like The Weekender, a weekly newsletter that covers major weekend planned service changes. Sign up here.
Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MTA, @NYCTSubway, @NYCTBus, @LIRR, and @MetroNorth for service updates and customer service support.
WhatsApp – Riders can chat with NYC Transit via WhatsApp for 24/7 customer assistance. With the help of Google Translate, NYC Transit staff offer real-time customer support in up to 108 languages.
511 – For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511. 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.