MTA, LIRR and NYC July 4th info

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Metro-North Railroad service is back to normal for the Friday commute. (Photo credit: Liz Dahlem)

All government offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and courts are closed Monday, July 4, 2016 for the Fourth of July. There is no mail delivery.

All NYC Public Schools are closed.

All branches of the City's public library systems are closed.

Alternate side parking is suspended. You do not have to pay the parking meter. No stopping, no standing, and no parking regulations are suspended, except where those regulations are in effect anytime or seven days a week.

There is no garbage, recycling, or organics pickup. If Monday is your garbage or organics day, put out your garbage or organics after 4 PM Monday evening. If Monday is your recycling day, wait until next week to put out your recycling.

The Staten Island Ferry runs on a holiday schedule with service every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 11 PM.

Staten Island Ferry Service will be suspended on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 8 PM to 10 PM due to fireworks festivities. The last boat from both terminals will be at 7:30 PM. The next boat from both terminals will be at 10 PM. 30 minute service will be provided from 7 AM to 7:30 PM.

Get more information about the Fourth of July fireworks display.

NJ TRANSIT will adjust its bus, rail and light rail schedules Thursday, July 4, as the nation celebrates Independence Day. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide early getaway service for many of its rail and bus customers on July 3 -- and extend its Family Supersaver Program to include Friday, July 5.

Following are the schedule changes and customer conveniences to be implemented by NJ TRANSIT between July 3 and July 8:

Wednesday, July 3


    An early getaway train -- Northeast Corridor Train No. 8847 -- will depart Penn Station New York at 1:54 p.m., making stations stops at Newark, Metropark and all stations south of Metropark, arriving in Trenton at 3:09 p.m.
    An early getaway train -- North Jersey Coast Line Train No. 8301 -- will depart Newark Penn Station at 3:45 p.m., operate express to Woodbridge, and make all station stops to Bay Head, arriving there at 5:40 p.m.


    Additional bus service will operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal as necessary on the afternoon of July 3.

Weekend Family Supersaver

The Weekend Family Supersaver Program begins Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. and will continue through 6 a.m. Monday, July 8. The program allows two children 11 and under to travel free with each fare-paying adult. Senior citizen and round-trip excursion tickets will be valid without restriction throughout the period

Thursday, July 4

    NJ TRANSIT trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.
    Most NJ TRANSIT buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. However, some northern and central New Jersey bus routes that operate to malls and major shopping areas will follow Saturday schedules. Bus customers should check the holiday service box on their timetables for exact Independence Day service information.
    The Newark City Subway will operate on a Sunday schedule, including service to the recently opened Silver Lake Station in Belleville and Grove Street Station in Bloomfield.
    Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will follow a special schedule, with enhanced service operating between 10 a.m. July 4 and 1 a.m. July 5.
    Weekend Family Supersaver Program continues all day.

Friday, July 5

    NJ TRANSIT rail, bus Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail services will operate on their regular weekday schedules.
    Weekend Family Supersaver Program continues all day.

Saturday, July 6

    NJ TRANSIT rail, bus Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail services will operate on their regular Saturday schedules.
    Weekend Family Supersaver Program continues all day.

Sunday, July 7

    NJ TRANSIT rail, bus Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail services will operate on their regular Sunday schedules.
    Weekend Family Supersaver Program continues all day.

Monday, July 8

    NJ TRANSIT rail, bus Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail services will operate on their regular Monday schedules.
    Weekend Family Supersaver Program is discontinued, effective 6 a.m.

For further information, customers in North Jersey can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-772-2222 or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. In South Jersey, customers may call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 1-800-582-5946 or at 215-569-3752 from Pennsylvania. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287.

Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Friday, July 1, for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday. Between noon and 4 p.m., 17 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal and 10 extra trains will depart from Penn Station. And the LIRR is offering plenty of extra train service to the East End over the extended Independence Day Weekend, including new Fire Island Ferry connections on top of the railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule.

For more details, please see this link for Long Island Rail Road and this link to Metro-North Railroad.

New York City Subway

On Monday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no 5 Subway train service in Brooklyn, and no 6 Subway7 Subway express service. B Subway trains will not run, customers are encouraged to use the A SubwayC SubwayD Subway and/or Q Subway instead. M Subway trains will not run between Delancey-Essex Sts and 71 Ave; Q Subway service is suspended between 57 St-7Av and Ditmars Blvd; and Z Subway service is suspended, take the J Subway instead.

There will be increased subway service on the 4 Subway7 SubwayA SubwayC Subway[F Subway and S Subway 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th Streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge Park from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

New York City Buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday, July 4. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes. The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours: M5; M8; M9; M14 A/D; M15 SBS; M20; M21; M22; M 23; M31; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M57; M103; B6; B24; B25; B32; B38; B41; B52; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; B103; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q101; Q103.

Staten Island Railway

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 Friday, July 1 with MTA Staten Island Railway’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. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Sunday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all lane closures related to routine maintenance and temporary construction work beginning 6 a.m. on Friday, July 1, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, July 5, to accommodate motorists traveling throughout the busy travel weekend. Any extraordinary weather-critical work that must be accomplished over the holiday weekend would occur only during overnight hours when traffic is at its lightest. Motorists can ease their trip by using EZPass.

If you run into any trouble with your vehicle, you can contact a city authorized tow and repair company here.