Tuesday, September 1, 2020

MTA Announces Service Details for Labor Day


Most Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) services will operate on Sunday schedules for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 7, with subway and bus options for customers traveling to NYC-area beaches. Metro-North Railroad will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Front door-boarding and fare collection has resumed on MTA buses. Customers are reminded to wear masks and social distance when possible while using the system. Wearing a face covering on public transportation is required by law under Executive Order 202.18 issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo effective April 17. The MTA launched its “Mask Force” on July 20 as part of its Operation Respect campaign, comprised of hundreds of volunteers to distribute masks directly to customers.

The multi-pronged operation also includes new public service announcements by actor and activist Rosie Perez encouraging all riders to show respect by wearing a face covering, as well as the systemwide roll out of the MTA’s Safe Travels campaign in train cars and on buses. The MTA also launched a mask dispenser pilot program on buses July 29 alongside the continued rollout of PPE vending machines. Additionally, the MTA is deploying Bridge and Tunnel Officers on buses to monitor compliance.

Details for each agency are below:

New York City Subway

On Monday, Sept. 7, subways will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are reminded that some subway lines do not operate on Sundays. 67 express service is suspended, use 67 local trains instead.  b trains will not run, use the acd  and/or q. Use j local service instead of jz skip-stop service. w trains will not run, use the nq or rn will run local in Manhattan. m trains will run between Metropolitan Av and Delancey-Essex St.

The following service changes remain in effect through the holiday weekend due to planned work:

  • 6 trains will be replaced by bus service between Westchester Square and Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.
  • l trains will be replaced by shuttle buses between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn.
  • c trains will not operate north of 145 St, customers traveling north of 145 St should use the a.

Heading to the Beach

Through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, Rockaway Park/Beach 116 St s Shuttle service will be extended to Rockaway Blvd to facilitate beach traffic to the peninsula. Customers can take any train to connect with the shuttle at Rockaway Blvd. This seasonal service runs from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, and will also be available this weekend. Customers may also take the dnq trains to Coney Island and the q to Brighton Beach. Please note: The f train is not operating to Coney Island or Brighton Beach this weekend. Shuttle bus service will not be available, however B68 buses run parallel to the f line along Coney Island Avenue and serve Brighton Beach and Coney Island.

New York City Buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 7. Many routes do not operate on Sundays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Bus customers traveling on Labor Day should check Sunday schedules, lines and routes.

Customers are advised that front door-boarding on buses resumed on Monday, Aug. 31, opening up to 40% more space on buses for enhanced social distancing and allowing for the resumption of fare collection during the worst fiscal crisis in MTA history. Innovative new barriers, including polycarbonate sliders and vinyl curtains, are being installed to fully protect bus operators and allow more distance between the operator and customers.

Heading to the Beach

There are many bus options to area beaches throughout New York City.

  • The Bronx/Orchard Beach – Bx12
  • Brooklyn/Brighton Beach – B1, B36 and B68
  • Brooklyn/Coney Island – B36, B64, B68, B82
  • Brooklyn/Manhattan Beach – B1 and B49
  • Queens/Jacob Riis Park – Q22 and Q35
  • Queens/Rockaway Beach – Q22, Q35, Q52 SBS and Q53 SBS

Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road

Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will run their current weekday schedules for Friday, Sept. 4. On Monday, Sept. 7, Metro-North Railroad will operate on a regular weekday schedule, while the Long Island Rail Road will run on a weekend schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect for both railroads.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels plan to suspend all daytime lane closures by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Daytime lane closures will resume on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. Overnight lane closures will continue for critical work throughout the weekend.

How to Travel Safely and Get Updates

The MTA reminds customers that masks are required when traveling throughout the system and helps stop the spread of the virus. PPE vending machines have been deployed systemwide and free masks are available at subway station ticket booths, on board commuter railroads and buses. Customers should also practice social distancing where possible and will see yellow signs and floor markings in stations for assistance. Customers can always check service alerts by checking mta.info, signing up for MTA alerts, using the MYmta app or following us on Twitter @NYCTSubway, @NYCTBus, @LIRR, @MetroNorth and @MTA.

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