NEW YORK (WTNH) — Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday that extra trains will be available before and Thanksgiving and through the weekend for holiday travelers on the Metro-North railroad.
Metro-North will have extra trains throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Off-peak fares will be in effect from Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, through Sunday, November 27th, according to the MTA.
Web Extra: Complete MTA Thanksgiving Weekend Timetable
Here is a closer look at the demand travelers will face on Metro-North this holiday weekend.
(Source: Metropolitan Transportation Authority)
Wednesday, November 23, the Day Before Thanksgiving
Historically, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day of the year for Metro‐North customers. On Wednesday, November 23, there will be 18 early getaway trains that depart Grand Central Terminal during the mid‐day. The extra service includes ten extra trains on the New Haven Line between 12:58 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Times are shown in the current timetables. Due to the heavier mid‐day travel patterns, some evening trains may be canceled or combined, so be sure to check the timetable.
Thanksgiving Day, November 24
Metro‐North will provide additional inbound morning service for customers heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at 81st Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s at Herald Square (34th Street). There is also expanded outbound service starting in the late morning and continuing through mid‐afternoon.
If you’re leaving New York after the parade, customers must show a ticket before boarding trains at Grand Central or Harlem‐125th Street Station. On this day last year, about 30,000 customers departed Grand Central between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Finally, there will be extra trains in the evening for customers returning to New York City after their Thanksgiving feasts.
Friday, November 25, the Day After Thanksgiving
On Friday, November 25, Metro‐North will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional inbound service in the morning and outbound service in the afternoon to accommodate the Friday workforce and Black Friday shoppers.
Saturday and Sunday (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Metro‐North will round out the holiday weekend schedule with extra trains and additional cars on existing trains. Service on Saturday, November 26 features upper Hudson and outer New Haven Line Shoppers’ Special service. Regular half‐hour service to/from Stamford on the New Haven Line and to/from North White Plains on the Harlem Line will operate all day.
On Sunday, November 27, trains run on a normal half‐hourly schedule featuring outer New Haven Line Shoppers’ Specials.
Additional information on Metro-North trains can be found on the MTA website.