Pope in NYC: Here are the street closures you need to know about

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NEW YORK – With security foremost in the minds of police and city officials, the midtown commute will became a maze for many drivers, starting just after midnight on Thursday.

Not only is the leader of the Catholic church in New York City, but President Obama and foreign heads of state are also headed to the United Nations.  This is the latest update from the NYPD on the schedule of street closures for the pope's visit:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2015

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

•           50th Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

•           51st Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 3 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until 6 a.m.:

•             5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street.

•           48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           50th Street from 5th Ave. to 6th Avenue (will remained closed until approx. 9 p.m.)

•           51st Street from 5th Ave. to 6th Avenue (will remained closed until approx. 9 p.m.)

•           52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 6 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be re-opened to vehicular traffic until 10 a.m.:

•             5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street.

•           48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Please note: Crosstown traffic will be reduced to one lane of traffic

Beginning at approximately 10 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

•             5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street.

•           48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           50th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           51st Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

•           55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 2 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

•             Madison Avenue from 47th Street to 57th Street

On Thursday the FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

•           Southbound at 63rd Street

•           Northbound at South Ferry

Beginning at approximately 8 a.m. the following street in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, September 26th at approximately

10 a.m.:

•           72nd Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 3 p.m. the following street in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, September 26th at approximately

10 a.m.:

•           71st Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

•           Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 74th Street while Pope Francis is in residence

Additional intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence include:

•             5th Avenue to from 74th Street to 71st Street

•           70th Street from Park Avenue to 5th Avenue

•           71st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

•           72nd Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

•           73rd Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

•           Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 73rd Street -two western lanes closed

Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 6 a.m.:

•           71st Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue

•           72nd Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue

•           73rd Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue

•           Madison Ave. from 70th Street to 73rd Street

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

•           5th Ave. from 74th Street to 71st Street

•           Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 74th Street

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2015

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of the day’s session.

•           43rd Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 1 p.m.:

•           Liberty Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

•           Cedar Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

Beginning at approximately 11 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 1 p.m.:

•           North bound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

Additional intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial includes:

•           South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

•           South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the Our Lady Queen of Angels School will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 6 p.m.:

•           112th Street from 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue

•           113th Street Cul-de-sac

Please note: Starting at approximately 3 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

•           2nd Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street

•           3rd Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of Central Park will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 7 p.m.:

•           Central Park West between Columbus Circle and West 81st Street

  • • W 61st Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 62nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 64th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 65th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 66th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • • W 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 70th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 74th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 75th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • • W 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately midnight:

•           31st Street from 7th Avenue to 9th Avenue

•           33rd Street from 7th Avenue to 9th Avenue

Beginning at approximately noon the following streets in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden will have intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic

•           31st Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue - managed access

•           32nd Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue- managed access

•           33rd Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue- managed access

•           7th Avenue from 30th   Street to 34th Street - two western lanes closed

•           8th Avenue from 31st   Street to 33rd Street – one lane only/intermittent closures

Please note: Starting at approximately noon trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

•           7th Avenue from 30th   Street to 34th Street

•           8th Avenue from 30th   Street to 34th Street

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2015

The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

•           Southbound at 63rd Street

•           Northbound at South Ferry

Please note:      For all days additional closings may occur at the discretion of the police department.

MTA TO REROUTE PORTIONS OF 25 BUS ROUTES

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to reroute portions of up to 25 local bus routes – some of them in more than one location – during Pope Francis’ visit to New York City from the evening of Thursday, September 24 to the morning of Saturday, September 26.  In addition, customers on all express bus routes can expect reroutes and delays.

Bus customers are urged to travel by subway if possible throughout this period.  All bus routes near papal events across the borough will experience delays, detours and closures, and some bus stops may be temporarily relocated. While Staten Island Express Buses are scheduled to operate normally into Manhattan, routes will be detoured in Manhattan and customers should consider using the Staten Island Ferry and connecting to the subway network to avoid street congestion and delays.  Express bus customers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens should use the subway where possible to avoid delays to and from Manhattan.

All of the affected local routes are in Manhattan, including Manhattan segments of the Q32 bus from Queens. The New York City Police Department has announced extensive traffic closures throughout Manhattan during the pope’s visit, and traffic is also subject to unannounced closures, diversions and frozen zones for the United Nations General Assembly.

“Pope Francis’ visit to New York will be a time for celebration throughout the city, and we are preparing our bus network to move customers efficiently despite challenging traffic and road conditions,” said Darryl Irick, President of MTA Bus and Senior Vice President, MTA New York City Transit Department of Buses. “These routes may experience delays and crowding at times, so we encourage our bus customers to plan alternate routes if possible.”

Access-A-Ride will be operating full service during the entire papal visit, but customers should expect delays and congestion during this period, and should postpone travel if possible. Access to areas and roadways near papal events will be uncertain, limited and in some cases blocked.

Customers on all MTA services should plan additional time for their travels, purchase round-trip MetroCards or rail tickets at the start of their journeys, and prepare for crowded conditions. To stay informed of service changes and diversions, visit www.mta.info to view service status and sign up for email and text message alerts for all MTA services.

The MTA will run extra service on Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road on Friday, September 25 to accommodate travelers to papal events. The New York City Subway can accommodate additional customers and will have additional personnel available to assist customers and adjust service if necessary. MTA Bridges and Tunnels will fully staff its seven bridges and two tunnels with toll collectors and Bridge and Tunnel Officers to ensure safe travels for those who choose to drive during Pope Francis’ visit.

Bus diversions for Pope Francis’ visit are described in general below. Detailed descriptions of those diversions will be available at www.mta.info.

Fifth – Madison Avenues:

Pope Francis will travel to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue for Evening Prayer (Vespers) in the evening of Thursday, September 24. He will later stay at a residence on the Upper East Side until his departure on the morning of Saturday, September 26. When Fifth Avenue is closed during those times, the M1, M2, M3, M4 and Q32 buses that usually travel on Fifth and Madison avenues will instead use major cross streets to travel to Lexington and Third avenues. The M5 will travel south on Seventh Avenue, then take 42nd Street to Fifth Avenue.

These diversions may take effect before papal events begin to accommodate preparations, but those routes are scheduled to run normally during the Thursday morning rush hour. Intermittent road closures could occur at any time.

Throughout the papal visit, the M72 will be diverted to the 79th Street Transverse across Central Park. Eastbound buses will use Amsterdam and Lexington avenues to reach this diversion, and westbound buses will use Third and Columbus avenues.

United Nations:

At all times during the General Assembly, northbound M15 and M15 SBS buses will bypass stops on First Avenue between 39th Street and 50th Street. During certain United Nations events, northbound M15 and M15 SBS buses will be diverted from First Avenue to Third Avenue between 34th Street and 57th Street.

The eastbound M42 will turn short to avoid the United Nations during the entire General Assembly. The bus will turn at Second Avenue if possible, and if not, at Lexington Avenue, before returning on Third Avenue to westbound 42nd Street.

Throughout the papal visit, the M50 will be diverted between Sixth and Lexington avenues. Westbound buses will travel on 42nd Street and eastbound buses will travel on 57th Street. This is in addition to other diversions in place between Madison and Lexington avenues during the General Assembly, when westbound buses will travel on 47th Street and eastbound buses will travel on 52nd Street when possible.

Lower Manhattan:

The M9, M20 and M22 bus routes will curtail service short of Battery Park City during the multi-religious service late Friday morning at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. The M9 and M22 will terminate near City Hall, while the M20 will travel southbound on Broadway and northbound on Church Street.

East Harlem:

Several bus routes will be diverted during Pope Francis’ visit to the Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem on Friday afternoon. The M96 eastbound will be diverted to 106th Street between Madison and Lexington avenues. If 106th Street is closed, the M96 and M106 eastbound will be diverted to 116th Street between Madison and Lexington avenues.

If Second or Third avenues are closed through East Harlem, additional diversions will take effect. The M15 and M15 SBS southbound would divert to Lexington Avenue between 116th and 86th streets. The M98 and M103 northbound would divert to First Avenue between 96th and 116th streets. The M101 and M102 northbound would divert to Madison Avenue at 96th Street.

Central Park:

Buses along Central Park West will diverted throughout Friday during preparations for Pope Francis’ procession through Central Park. The M5, M7, M10, M20 and M104 will be rerouted along 57th Street to Columbus and Amsterdam avenues; the M10 will return to Central Park West at 81st Street.

The M66 will be diverted eastbound to 57th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue, and westbound between Lexington and Amsterdam avenues. The M72 will be diverted eastbound to 81st Street and then via the 79th Street Transverse between Amsterdam and Lexington avenues, and westbound to the 79th Street Transverse and then 81st Street between Third and Columbus avenues.

Madison Square Garden:

Several routes will be diverted from streets near Madison Square Garden from late morning through late evening Friday to avoid the Papal Mass being celebrated there Friday evening.

The southbound M4 and Q32 routes will turn in a loop using 23rd St. and Sixth Avenue to reach 32nd Street and their normal northbound route. The southbound M7 and M20 will be diverted from Seventh to Ninth avenues between 41st and 24th streets, and the northbound M20 will be diverted from Eighth to Tenth avenues between 23rd and 40th streets.

The M34 SBS and M34A SBS routes will be diverted to 23rd Street between First and Tenth avenues. Waterside Plaza customers can reach the buses at the FDR Drive and Avenue C.

 

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