MTA Press Releases

Press Release
November 2, 2017
MTA Announces Service Details for TSC NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5
The Verrazano Bridge will be closed to all traffic between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 5. Upper level will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m on Nov. 4.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the following service changes and updates for the TSC NYC Marathon taking place on Sunday, Nov. 5.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m. on Nov. 5. Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge must use alternate routes.

In addition, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 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 Sunday, Nov. 5 and reopen at around 3 p.m.

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

MTA New York City Transit

MTA New York City Transit’s subway 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 bus diversions that may arise. 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 5th Avenue during the race. Numerous other bus diversions will take place along the marathon route across the city. See for bus diversion details as the race progresses. 

On race day, runners traveling directly to Staten Island by ferry can take the subway to Bowling Green 456, South Ferry 12, 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. 

Please note that due to weekend work, some trains may be rerouted or suspended.  23 trains will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the 45 instead.  a service is suspended in both directions between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd/Howard Beach-JFK Airport. In Brooklyn, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound n trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St.  In Queens, n trains bypass the 30 Av and 36 Av stations in both directions. In Manhattan, q trains are rerouted via the r line in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av. In Brooklyn, q service is suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach, and will be replaced with shuttle buses.     

59 St-Columbus Circle, 72 St, 81 St-Museum of Natural History, and 86 St on the acd Central Park West line may experience higher ridership volumes than usual.  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.

Participants, spectators and motorists should check 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 can also use our OnTheGo mobile service at or follow us on Twitter @NYCTBus and @NYCTSubway throughout the weekend for travel updates.