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MTA Is The Best Way to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend

Updated May 21, 2024 4:45 p.m.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced service details for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Metro-North Railroad will bolster afternoon service Friday, May 24, to accommodate New Yorkers getting an early start to their Memorial Day Weekend. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will begin operating the Cannonball, a popular afternoon train to Montauk, on Thursday, May 23. For Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, New York City Transit (NYCT), MTA Bus, LIRR, and Metro-North will run on a weekend/Sunday schedule. As a reminder, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus, with connections to the LIRR from Woodside Station and the     and  subway lines from the Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av station, is fare free to and from LaGuardia Airport. Customers are advised to check new.mta.info and the MTA app for the latest service updates.

Long Island Rail Road

The popular Cannonball, the 4:07 p.m. train from Penn Station to Montauk, makes its seasonal debut this Thursday, May 23, for the holiday weekend and will continue to operate Thursdays and Fridays for the season. This train operates express to Westhampton in 94 minutes, then stops at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Montauk. The westbound Cannonball, scheduled to depart Sundays from Montauk at 6:22 p.m., will not operate this Sunday. Instead, it will operate on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

On Friday, May 24, the LIRR will run regular weekday service.

On Saturday, May 25, the LIRR will operate on a normal Saturday/weekend schedule.

On Sunday, May 26, the LIRR will operate on a Saturday/weekend schedule. The summer Sunday afternoon trains from Montauk at 1:47 p.m., 4:18 p.m., and 6:22 p.m., and the 3:25 p.m. westbound train from Southampton will not operate on Sunday, May 26. These trains will run on Monday, May 27 instead.

On Monday, May 29, LIRR trains will run on a Sunday schedule.

LIRR’s Montauk summer trains will operate every weekend beginning Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend of September.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, May 24, in addition to the extra East of Hudson trains that operate only on Fridays, Metro-North will operate eight extra afternoon trains on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines to accommodate customers heading out early for the three-day weekend.

On the West of Hudson lines, Metro-North will operate one extra train to Port Jervis, NY, to accommodate customers heading out early for the three-day weekend. The 6:14 p.m. train departing Hoboken to Port Jervis, with a 6:04 p.m. connection from New York Penn Station, is cancelled on Friday to best reallocate equipment and accommodate Memorial Day weekend travel patterns. On the Pascack Valley Line, the connection from New York Penn Station to the 5:32 p.m. departure from Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction at 5:43 p.m., will depart New York Penn Station five minutes earlier, at 5:20 p.m. instead of at 5:25 p.m.

On Saturday, May 25, Metro-North will run on a normal Saturday schedule. Weekend busing remains in effect on the Port Jervis Line. A pilot program to operate weekend service on Haverstraw-Ossining ferries will begin on Saturday, May 25. This new weekend service will operate hourly between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Riders can purchase their tickets from crew members aboard the ferry.

On Sunday, May 26, Metro-North will operate on a normal Sunday schedule. Weekend busing remains in effect on the Port Jervis Line.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, Metro-North's East of Hudson lines will operate on a Sunday schedule. Weekend busing on the Port Jervis Line is cancelled on Memorial Day, and normal weekend schedules will be in effect, with an additional train departing Port Jervis at 4:05 p.m., stopping at all stations between Port Jervis and Suffern, then express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken, arriving at 6:24 p.m., with a connecting train from Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station arriving at 6:33 p.m.

New York City Transit Subway:

To accommodate critical track, switch, and structural work, there will be planned subway service changes during Memorial Day Weekend. Customers are advised to check new.mta.info or the MTA app for real-time service updates and alternatives to help plan their trip.

Track replacement work at Broadway Junction will impact both the  and  lines from 4:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, through 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 27. During this time,  and  service will operate as follows:

  •  trains will operate between 8 Av in Manhattan and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs in Brooklyn only.
  •  trains will operate in Queens between Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer and Crescent St.
  •  trains replace trains between Manhattan and Brooklyn, running between Middle Village-Metropolitan Av and Broad St at all times.

Due to switch work north of Nostrand Av,  trains will not run between President St and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College from 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 24, through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. During this time customers are advised of the following:

  •  trains will run from Wakefield-241 St in the Bronx to Franklin Av in Brooklyn and then run via the  to/from Crown Heights-Utica Av.
  •  service will operate between Harlem-148 St and Chambers St, and then via the  to Rector St, the last stop.
  •  service is extended from Crown Heights-Utica Av to New Lots Av at all times.
  • Free shuttle buses will make all  stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av–Brooklyn College.

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 24, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28,  trains will run via the  line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge in Queens and 2 Av in Manhattan to accommodate structural rehabilitation work on the 8th Avenue Line.

During this time, the following stations will be closed:

  • Court Sq-23 St  
  • Lexington Av/53 St  
  • 5 Av/53 St  

Customers are advised to use nearby stations in Long Island City and Midtown East.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, subways will operate on a Sunday schedule.

New York City Transit Buses

Beginning Friday, May 24, the Q22 and Q35 will serve the Jacob Riis Park bus stop from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Bx12 weekend service to Orchard Beach begins Saturday, May 25, and will also run on Memorial Day. 

On Saturday and Sunday, buses will operate on a normal schedule. 

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, buses will operate a Sunday schedule on all routes. 

Some Staten Island Express buses will provide additional trips with earlier departure times from Manhattan on Friday, May 24, between 12:00 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. Please check new.mta.info for the latest service information.

Staten Island Railway

The Staten Island Railway will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, May 24.

On Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, St George-bound trains will be running on the Tottenville-bound tracks between Author Kill Station and Prince’s Bay Station between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend daytime scheduled maintenance requiring lane closures beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Scheduled roadway closures for critical work may be permitted during overnight hours when traffic permits.

There will be no scheduled temporary roadway closures in any direction during the evening rush hour periods to maintain maximum roadway availability during the busy travel weekend.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for the MTA Weekender, a weekly newsletter sent every Friday to inform customers of weekend service changes throughout the transit system. Customers can sign up here.

Customers have many options for receiving real-time and planned service change announcements and information, as well as 24/7 customer support in their native language.

mta.info– The definitive source for real-time arrival information and service change information for each line or route in the MTA system. Customers can find current statuses on mta.info and upcoming planned service changes using the lookup tool at mta.info/alerts.

MTA app – Customers who use the comprehensive MTA smartphone app will see real-time train and bus arrival times and other travel information for all MTA services all in one place. The app is available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

TrainTime app – The MTA’s TrainTime app is the essential companion to navigating the commuter rail system. Customers can plan their trip, purchase tickets, check train status, and chat with customer service, all in one app. The app is available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

Email & Text Alerts – 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. Customers can sign up here.

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.