MTA Press Releases

Press Release
July 1, 2019
MTA Announces Extra Service for Fourth of July Travel
Extra LIRR, Metro-North and Staten Island Railway Getaway Trains Scheduled for Wednesday, July 3

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer extra rail service on Tuesday, July 3, to help customers to travel to Fourth of July holiday activities. On Thursday, July 4, the MTA’s railroads, subways and buses will operate on weekend schedules.

More details are below.

Wednesday, July 3: Get Away With the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Tuesday, July 3, for customers planning an early getaway.

For more details, please the attached press releases from the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad.

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Wednesday, July 3, with SIR’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Service for Thursday, July 4

New York City Subway
On Thursday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be increased subway service on the 4 Subway5 SubwayA SubwayC SubwayF Subway and S Subway 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from four barges south of the Brooklyn Bridge, from Pier 17 to the Manhattan Heliport between 9:25 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. There will also be firework shows around 9:25 p.m. at Exchange Place, Jersey City, and around 9:45 p.m. in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

In the event that crowds grow in Battery Park and Battery Park City as a result of these shows, N Subway service will operate via the Montague tunnel beginning at 6 p.m. in both directions from 36 St to Canal St, to provide additional service at the Whitehall St and Rector St stations. Customers are reminded that some subway lines are rerouted or do not operate on Saturdays. 

The following service changes will be in effect on Thursday, July 4 through early Friday morning, July 5:    

  • 2 Subway3 Subway trains will bypass the Wall St and Clark St stations in both directions between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. As an alternative, use the nearby Borough Hall or Bowling Green 4 Subway5 Subway stations instead.
  • 5 Subway service will run between Bowling Green and Eastchester-Dyre Av, and 5 SubwayD Subway trains will run local in the Bronx.
  • 6 Subway7 Subway express service is suspended. Use 6 Subway7 Subway local trains instead.
  • B Subway trains will not run. Use the A SubwayC SubwayD Subway and/or Q Subway
  • G Subway trains will operate every 8 minutes from 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 to 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 5.
  • Use J Subway local service instead of J Subway/Z Subway skip-stop service.
  • The L Subway Project is ongoing. L Subway trains will operate every 4 to 6 minutes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.; with reduced frequency between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and every 20 minutes after 10 p.m. between Lorimer St and 8 Av.
  • M Subway trains will run between Metropolitan Av and Delancey St-Essex St between 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., and between Metropolitan Av and the 96 St Q Subway station from 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, to 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 5.
  • W Subway trains will not run. Use the N SubwayQ Subway or R Subway

New York City Buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Thursday, July 4. Many routes do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Bus customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes. The following bus routes may be affected by street closures or detours: M9; M14A/D SBS; M15; M15 SBS; M20 SBS; M21; M22; M55; M103; B25; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; BM1; BM2; BM3 and BM4.

Staten Island Railway

On the Fourth of July, the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule. 

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all lane closures related to routine maintenance and temporary construction work beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through the end of the morning rush on Friday, July 5, to accommodate motorists traveling for the Fourth of July holiday.