Memorial Day weekend kicks off Friday and the long weekend can bring long wait times for travelers, but some good news is coming from the MTA today. The MTA will halt construction on bridges and tunnels through the Memorial Day weekend to speed things along a bit, according to SI Live on May 21.
This includes the routine repairs on the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge. The MTA will halt all the routine construction starting at 1 p.m. on Friday and it will continue to put the construction on hold through to the end of Tuesday morning’s rush hour.
The Memorial Day weekend just got a bit better for all you folks traveling in and out of New York City by MTA putting a halt to all the construction projects that can sometimes slow travel down. This is not a weekend where you want to see three lanes of traffic siphon down to one because of construction. The MTA is hard at work making travel this weekend as seamless as possible. They recommend the use of the E-ZPass for smoother passage over the bridges and through the tunnels.
Metro North train schedules for the Memorial Day weekend:
Metro-North will operate their regular weekend service for Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. For Monday, Memorial Day, May 26, the Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule. They will add extra cars on inbound trains during late afternoon and evening, according to AM New York.
Early afternoon departures are available from Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.
For Friday, May 23, five extra outbound express trains were added to the Hudson Line:
1:38 p.m.: express to Peekskill, then Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie
2:38 p.m.: express to Peekskill, then Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie
3:11 p.m.: stopping at all stations between Tarrytown and Croton-Harmon
3:45 p.m.: express to Peekskill, then Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie
4:11 p.m.: express to Peekskill, then Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie
The Harlem Line added 3 extra outbound express trains:
2:18 p.m.: express to Scarsdale, then all stations to North White Plains
3:13 p.m.: express to White Plains and North White Plains only
3:34 p.m.: express to Southeast, stopping first at White Plains, then North White Plains, and all stations between Goldens Bridge and Southeast.
The New Haven Line added 9 extra outbound trains. This is in addition to the regular Friday-only 3:02 p.m. express. Below are the extra New Haven Line trains, they depart as follows:
12:58 p.m.: express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven
2:01 p.m.: express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven
2:28 p.m.: express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven
2:31 p.m.: stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison
2:56 p.m.: express to Stamford then all stops between Noroton Heights and South Norwalk
3:03 p.m.: stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison
3:26 p.m.: stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison
3:29 p.m.: express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven
4 p.m.: express to Stamford then all stops between Bridgeport and New Haven.
Metro North will operate one extra train from New Haven to Grand Central. The train departs New Haven at 4:01 p.m. and will stop in West Haven and then in Bridgeport. Various trains during the PM Peak period will not operate Friday or they will be combined. One extra inbound train will be in operation between New Haven and New York. It will depart at 7:40 p.m. in New Haven, making select express stops.
One extra express train to New Haven will depart Grand Central at 11:13 p.m. making select express stops. Grand Central North exits are closed on Monday, May 26. For specific train schedules check out the MTA train schedule website here.