Labor Day Public Transit Adjustments

August 30, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
People swipe their metro cards in the New York City subway on February 23, 2010 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People swipe their metro cards in the New York City subway on February 23, 2010 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

More than 4 million travelers are expected to go through Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s airports, bridges, tunnels, and rail lines this Labor Day weekend, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Roadway construction will be suspended over the long weekend to allow for the 2.6 million vehicles expected to cross Port Authority’s four interstate bridges and two tunnels. MTA Bridges and Tunnels will also suspend construction on its seven bridges and two tunnels.

The Port Authority estimates a 2.8 percent increase in airport travelers from Labor Day last year, with 1.5 million airline travelers between Friday and Tuesday.

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) will provide additional service Friday, Aug. 31, on the Newark-WTC line, but will operate on a holiday schedule Monday.

Metro-North trains will have 18 additional “early getaway” trains leaving from Grand Central Friday from noon to 4 p.m. On holiday Monday the trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains will also provide extra afternoon trains Friday. Three additional trains will leave from Port Jefferson Branch, three on the Babylon Branch, one on the Port Washington Branch, one on the Far Rockaway Branch, and two trains to Jamaica for Montauk connections starting at 2:08 p.m.

LIRR trains will operate on a weekend schedule Saturday and Sunday, and on a holiday schedule Monday.

On Friday, one express and one local Staten Island Railway train will await every boat at the St. George Ferry Terminal, between 2.31 p.m. and 7.50 p.m.

Staten Island Railway trains, MTA subways, and MTA buses will all operate on holiday schedules on the holiday Monday.

At the Staten Island Ferry, boats will run every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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