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Public Transit Offers Travel Alternatives to Driving for New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

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To help ring in the new year, the region’s public transit systems will be offering more buses and trains Saturday evening and operating later than usual to accommodate the crowds.

They may be welcome alternatives, as several roads will be closed around midtown Manhattan Saturday night.

Seventh Avenue and Broadway between 41st Street and 59th Street, including all cross streets, will begin to close at around 3 p.m. Saturday. They will remain closed until approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, January 1.

The New York City Department of Transportation is also offering 1,500 free $15 cab rides to be used within any of the five boroughs, as well as 4,000 single-ride MetroCards to ensure people don’t drink and drive, as part of it’s You the Man campaign. The cards will be distributed at 5 p.m. in the Upper East Side (Second Avenue & 86th) and Harlem (Broadway & 125th).

There is even a You the Man app that can be downloaded, which helps users locate the nearest TLC registered car service or locate the nearest subway station.

To get to the festivities in Times Square on Saturday evening, the MTA recommends avoiding buses and taking the subway to avoid the road closures. 

  • If possible, avoid the Times Square-42nd Street complex, since travelers may not be allowed to exit onto the street. Riders are urged to exit at stations at 57th or 59th Streets instead and walk to Times Square.
  • The northbound platform at 50th Street 1 train and both north- and southbound platforms at 49th Street R and N lines will be closed from 7 p.m. until after midnight Saturday.
  • The 42nd Street S shuttle line will operate all night.

New Jersey Transit said it will operate additional New York-bound rail trips on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines on Saturday. The River Line will also operate some added late-night service on New Year’s Eve. Buses to and from Port Authority will also offer extra service on select lines between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Check NJ Transit for details.

The MTA Long Island Rail Road is planning ten additional westbound evening trains on New Year's Eve and 14 additional eastbound trains from Penn Station during the early-morning hours for revelers returning from the city.

Metro North Rail is also offering a special New Year’s Weekend schedule, saying it has additional inbound trains in the late afternoon/early evening on Saturday. It will also offer extra inbound service trains after midnight for returning travelers who left the city to ring in the New Year.

All transit systems recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time.

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