MTA Press Releases

Press Release
November 1, 2018
MTA Announces Service Details for TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4

The Verrazzano Bridge will be closed to all traffic between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m on Nov. 3.

Marathon Subway Map Available Online

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announces the following service changes and updates for the TCS NYC Marathon taking place on Sunday, Nov. 4.

MTA Bridges & Tunnels

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Sunday, Nov. 4 between 7 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m. for the TCS New York City Marathon.  Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge must use alternate routes.

In addition, on Saturday, Nov. 3, the upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m. to allow for roadway preparation.  Over-dimensional vehicles and vehicles containing hazardous materials will not be permitted to cross the bridge in either direction once that closure takes place.

The Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits in Staten Island will close at 3 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 4 and reopen at around 3 p.m.

Motorists can call the Verrazzano-Narrows Marathon Traffic Hotline at 718-692-5656 to hear information about the closures.

MTA NYC Transit Subways

The 2018 TCS NYC Marathon will kick off on Sunday, Nov. 4, and MTA New York City Transit’s subways and buses will get you to the event from all parts of the city.  Marathon revelers can use the MTA’s customized Marathon Subway Map on the web.  It highlights pre-race, runner specific activities and events, as well as a number of great viewing locations throughout the city on Marathon Sunday.  The map also lists a number of tools and tips to assist customers when traveling.

New York City Transit will stay in contact with the New York Road Runners Club, sharing information regarding any street closures and/or subway diversions that may arise. 

On race day, runners traveling directly to Staten Island by ferry can take the subway to Bowling Green 456, South Ferry 1, or Whitehall St nr stations, then walk to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal.  There will be shuttle bus service for participants on Staten Island.  The shuttle buses will transport runners directly from the ferry terminal to School Road at Bay Street on Staten Island. 

The following stations/subway lines may experience higher ridership volumes than usual: South Ferry 1, Whitehall St nr, Bowling Green 45, 42 St-Bryant Park d and uptown f, 42 St-Grand Central 4567s, 5 Av 7, 59 St-Columbus Circle acd1, 72 St c, 81 St-Museum of Natural History c, and 86 St c.  In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations, some stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.”  Additional NYC Transit personnel will be available to assist customers at these subway locations.

Due ongoing critical maintenance and Subway Action Plan work this weekend, some trains may be rerouted or suspended.  In the Bronx, uptown d trains skip 155 St, 161 St-Yankee Stadium, and 170 St.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses replace f trains between Church Av and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.  Brooklyn-bound f trains are rerouted via the e local from 71 Av to Canal St, then via the a to Jay St-MetroTech.  Manhattan-bound q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park, and 4n trains replace the r between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Whitehall St.  In Manhattan, downtown a trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St, and uptown ac trains are rerouted via the f line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.  In Queens, free shuttle buses replace e trains between Briarwood and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer. 

MTA NYC Transit & MTA Buses

MTA NYC Transit and MTA Buses throughout the City will be affected by reroutes, detours, and/or frozen zones, and customers should anticipate delays.  The Central Park Transverses at 65th, 79th and 96th Streets will be closed for most of the day and buses will not be permitted to cross Fifth Avenue during the race.  Customers should anticipate detours/delays on the following routes in each borough:

  • Brooklyn: B1, B4, B8, B9, B11, B16, B24, B25, B26, B32, B35, B37, B38, B41, B43, B44, SBS44, B45, B48, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B64, B65, B67, B69, B70, B103, Q59, and X27.
  • Bronx: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, BxM10, and BxM11.
  • Manhattan: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M10, M15, M15SBS, BX15, M20, M31, Q32, BX33, M57, M60SBS, M66, M72, M79SBS, M86SBS, M96, M100, M101, M102, M103, M104, M106, and M116.
  • Queens: Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, QM2, QM5, and QM6.
  • Staten Island: SIM1C, SIM2, SIM3C, SIM4C, S51, S53, and S79.

In addition to the MYmta smartphone app, participants and spectators can check and check out the “Weekender” tab located within the Service Status Menu for Current Service Status on any MTA mode of travel that they plan to use.  Remember that TripPlanner+ provides travel information that takes weekend service diversions into account.  Customers using bus routes in the five boroughs can also use MTA Bus Time to track real-time bus positions and gauge arrival times.  For more information on the TCS New York City Marathon, click here: