Subway, LIRR, and Metro-North all to have extended service this New Year’s weekend

Posted On Fri, December 29, 2017 By

Posted On Fri, December 29, 2017 By In weekend subway service

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The year comes to an end on Sunday, and to keep up with the masses eager to celebrate in New York, the MTA has announced additional trains across its transit operations. Read on for the extent of added service this weekend, as well as changes related to the Times Square festivities.


On Sunday (New Year’s Eve), as well as Monday (New Year’s Day), subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Scheduled maintenance on the 53rd Street tube means E and M line straphangers should allow for additional travel time.

If you’re heading to Times Square, the MTA recommends exiting at 50th or 57th Streets and walking, as straphangers will not be allowed to exit from the 42nd Street-Times Square station. The northbound platform at 50th Street on the 1 and both the north and southbound platforms at 49th Street on the N, Q, and R will be closed from 7pm until shortly after midnight. Additional service will be provided on all but the B, G, J, M, W, and Z trains, namely the 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, L, N, Q, R, and S lines. After the midnight celebration, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, trains on lines in and around Times Square will run every 8 to 12 minutes until approximately 3am, and the 42nd Street shuttle will operate all night.

As well, there will be no:

  • 1 train service at 103rd, 110th, 116th, 125th, 137th, and 145th Streets
  • On New Year’s Eve, from 7pm to midnight, Van Cortlandt Park-bound 1 trains will skip 50th Street. During this time, all trains will skip 49th Street
  • 2 and 3 service between Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • 2 trains at Park Place, Wall Street, Clark Street, and Hoyt Street
  • 4 and 5 train express service between 125th Street and Grand Central-42nd Street
  • Coney Island-bound D trains at 182-183 Streets, 174-175 Streets, and 170th Street
  • Local F service between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech
  • M service beyond Broadway Junction to Essex Street
  • Express N train service between DeKalb Avenue and 59th Street
  • Q trains between Brighton Beach and Stillwell Avenue
  • G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avavenue service operates in two sections


One perk of holiday travel this year: The bus providing service between LaGuardia Airport terminals and the subway, LaGuardia Link Q70 Select Bus Service, will be fare-free through Tuesday, January 2nd.

Due to numerous street closures, the MTA recommends against using buses to travel to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The M5, M7, M42, M50, M104 and X1 routes are all subject to reroutes. Regular overnight bus service will resume when streets reopen after midnight.

Long Island Rail Road

The LIRR will have extended service this weekend, with 13 extra eastbound afternoon departures early Friday, more city-bound trains on New Year’s Eve, and extra early morning eastbound service on New Year’s Day.

See here for the full extended schedule.


Metro-North service will be expanded to and from Grand Central Terminal during New Year’s Eve weekend, with trains running continuously after New Year’s Eve. 17 extra Getaway trains will operate on Metro-North between 12:58pm and 4:11pm on January 1st, with some trains after 5pm combined or canceled. For the specific timetables, by line, see the MTA’s press release on the matter.

Don’t forget: Alcohol is banned from Metro-North trains from noon New Year’s Eve until noon New Year’s Day.

Per the whims of the MTA, there will probably be other problems, and those stated above are subject to change and worsen.

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