MTA is the Best Way to Get to the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is as much a part of New York as a morning bagel, so take the train or bus to avoid the traffic and parking woes and have a safe ride home after this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Normal weekday service on the City's subways is the best way to navigate to and from the parade route and the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will operate special service to help those traveling to the parade on Thursday, March 17.
Customers are advised not to bring any alcoholic beverages, open or closed, on trains, platforms and stations through 4 AM on March 18. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated by the MTA Police. Metro-North and LIRR bar carts will not be in operation.
St. Patrick's Day service includes:
New York City Subway
All subway lines and the Staten Island Railway will operate on regular weekday schedules.
Buses in New York City
The St. Patrick's Day Parade will run along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street. Fifteen local bus routes and 11 express bus routes will be temporarily re-routed due to street closures, but will still provide service: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M27, M50, M30, M31, M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, X1, X10, X17, BxM2, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM7A, BxM9, BxM10, BxM11 and Q32.
Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road will provide eighteen extra trains, nine westbound and nine eastbound, for those traveling to and from the parade, supplementing the regular weekday schedule. The extra trains will operate on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches.
The Fifth Avenue parade route is an easy walk from Grand Central Terminal and Metro-North will run three extra New York City-bound trains on the Hudson Line and two on the Harlem Line, supplementing the regular weekday schedules. In addition, Metro-North will add extra cars to trains on the Harlem and Hudson Lines in anticipation of increased ridership.
Bridges and Tunnels
There are no changes to normal weekday operations at MTA Bridges and Tunnels.