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Public transportation changes for Fourth of July weekend

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 14:59:40-04
What to know: Public transportation and street closings for July 4

What you need to know to get around New York City this weekend.

MANHATTAN — Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or staying a little more local, the MTA has plans to make your travel this weekend a breeze.

The Long Island Rail Road and Metro North will offer extra railroad service on Friday. Metro North and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a regular Friday schedule.

Subways will be on a Saturday schedule throughout the weekend, and the MTA has provided a list of closings and alternate services:

  • There will be no No. 5 train service south of 180 street.
  • No. 1 train service is suspended between 14 Street and South Ferry.
  • There will be increased subway service on the Nos. 4 and 7 as well as the  A, C, F and S trains prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration.

Buses will also operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, and many routes are planned not to operate on Saturday. A list of bus routes that may be affected by delays and detours can be found on the MTA website.

For more up to date information on MTA service status, refer to their website at

The NYPD has announced a long list of street closings due to the fireworks display.

There are five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th Streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 19 (near John Street) from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Drivers should expect delays in these areas on Saturday, July 4.