MTA Press Releases

Press Release
May 23, 2018
MTA Announces Holiday Service Plans for Memorial Day Weekend
LIRR, Metro-North and Staten Island Railway to Provide Early Getaway Trains on Friday, May 25

Memorial Day is coming on Monday, May 28, which means the the LIRR, Metro-North and Staten Island Railway will add extra getaway trains on Friday, May 25, to help New Yorkers get an early start on the long three-day weekend. For details on getaway service for the long weekend, and for service on Memorial Day, please see below.

Long Island Rail Road

On Friday, May 25, the Long Island Rail Road is adding nine extra afternoon trains departing Penn Station between 1:42 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. For details, please see the attached press release.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, the LIRR will operate on a holiday schedule.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, May 25, Metro-North Railroad is adding 17 extra afternoon trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 12:58 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. Some trains between 5:18 p.m. and 7:28 p.m. will be canceled and combined due to reduced ridership in this time period. All extra and canceled trains are shown in the current timetable. For details, please see the attached press release.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Staten Island Railway

MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 25 to accommodate customers looking to get an early start on their holiday weekend plans. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. The Early Departure Get Away service plan on SIR is also available on Tuesday, July 3 (before Independence Day), Labor Day weekend, Christmas and New Year’s. It will also operate on the day before Thanksgiving.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all scheduled bridge maintenance work beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 25, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, May 29, to accommodate motorists traveling throughout the busy travel weekend. Tube closures related to Sandy restoration work will occur at the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel overnight Friday night into Saturday morning, but then be suspended for the weekend and resuming Tuesday night.

New York City Transit

On Monday, May 28, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Additional planned service changes due to work to maintain and upgrade tracks, signals, stations and other infrastructure may be found on The Weekender at