MTA Press Releases

Press Release
July 9, 2019
Getting to the U.S. Women’s World Cup Victory Parade With MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced guidance for commuters to Lower Manhattan and visitors to the ticker-tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. to honor and celebrate the United States Women’s National Soccer Team for its historic run to a second straight World Cup title.

The parade begins at Battery Park before heading north along the Canyon of Heroes up Broadway to City Hall, where a ceremony will take place. The MTA's network of railroads and subways are the best way to get to the parade and extra staff will be on hand at key locations throughout the system to help manage crowds and assist customers.

LIRR and Metro-North will be adding train capacity post-parade, and MTA agencies will be deploying extra personnel to the parade area and major commuter hubs to accommodate travel Wednesday. Normal morning rush-hour service levels are expected to provide the capacity needed to take travelers to the parade. Because the parade’s start time coincides with the end of the morning rush hour, and due to sudden possible street closures and street-level crowding, morning commuters to Lower Manhattan and visitors to the parade may experience longer than usual travel times, crowding and real-time service changes.  Commuter railroad customers are encouraged to save money by purchasing LIRR or Metro-North tickets at staffed ticket windows, easy-to-use ticket machines or via the MTA eTix app prior to boarding their trains.

New York City Subway
NYC Transit will provide regular weekday service throughout the city, though select stations and entrances/exits in the parade area may be temporarily closed due to street closures or street-level parade crowds.

Customers are encouraged to use the following stations to get to the parade:

WTC—Cortlandt  1
Fulton St  jz23
Wall Street 23
South Ferry/Whitehall Street   1rw
Brooklyn Bridge—City Hall  456

Customers with disabilities will be able to watch from an accessible area just south of the Wall Street bull. The nearby Bowling Green 45 station is accessible to all.

The following stations are likely to stay open but are expected to experience crowding:

Fulton Street  ac45
Wall Street 45
Bowling Green 45  (Battery Place and Historic Kiosk staircase may be closed)
Chambers Street—WTC/Park Place ace 23  
Cortlandt Street  rw

The City Hall rw station will be bypassed 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Real-time service info is available on, the MYmta app and via Twitter, @NYCTSubway.

New York City Buses
Road closures will begin around 7:30 a.m. at which time local and express bus routes will be making detours in the area of the parade.  Detoured routes will be making corresponding stops and customers are advised to plan ahead and leave extra time for travel. Real-time service info is available on, the MYmta app and via Twitter, @NYCTBus.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road will provide additional eastbound early-afternoon service from Penn Station tomorrow afternoon to help customers get home after the parade. Seven additional trains will depart Penn Station between 2:22 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. There will be three additional trains on the Babylon Branch, two extra trains to Hicksville and Huntington, one extra train to Far Rockaway and one extra train to Great Neck.

The extra afternoon departures from Penn Station include:

Babylon Branch

  • 2:22 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon
  • 2:32 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon
  • 3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch to Hicksville/Huntington

  • 2:29 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington
  • 3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Far Rockaway Branch

  • 3:48 p.m. express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck

  • 3:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, then all stops to Great Neck

To get from a LIRR train to the parade, simply ride the LIRR to either Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn. From Penn Station, catch a downtown 1 to South Ferry or Cortlandt St or the 2 or the 3 to Fulton St or Wall Street. From Atlantic Terminal, catch a Manhattan-bound subway. Ride the 2 or 3 to Fulton St or Wall Street or the rw to Rector Street. 

For real time service info, check or @LIRR on Twitter.

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North will lengthen select trains on the New Haven line in the afternoon and stage a special extra train on the Harlem line to be available as needed. Extra Metro-North staff will be on hand at Grand Central to help manage crowds. MNR customers taking the subway from Grand Central to the parade may also pay their fare by using a contactless credit card or smart device and tapping an OMNY reader. Customers should take downtown/Brooklyn bound 456  trains to Brooklyn Bridge—City Hall or Bowling Green. For real-time service info, check, the myMTA app or @metronorth on Twitter.

 MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Motorists using the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel should allow for additional travel time or consider an alternate route, and those heading to the parade are advised to use mass transit. Starting as early as 7:30 a.m., restrictions will be in place for those motorists exiting the Hugh L. Carey tunnel and wishing to go north on West Street; vehicles heading north will be sent through the Battery Park underpass.

MTA Police

MTA Police will be deployed in MTA service areas with extra personnel, including K-9 units, to help keep travelers safe.  Bridge and Tunnel Officers will help with traffic management outside the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.