Here are details from the MTA on bridges, buses, Metro-North trains, subways and tunnels for Thanksgiving 2012.
New York City Subways and Buses
MTA buses and subways will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. The closest subway stations to the start of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are the 1 at 79th Street and the C at 81st Street. There will be additional service on the 42nd Street S shuttle as well as increased early morning service on the 1 line. A number of bus routes will be impacted by the parade. On Black Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, service will operate on a weekday schedule with some exceptions.
Metro-North will operate extra trains on Wednesday, November 21, departing Grand Central beginning at 1 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North will operate a holiday schedule with extra a.m. inbound service for those going to see the Macy’s Parade, and extra late morning and early afternoon outbound service. On Black Friday, Metro-North will operate a Saturday schedule with lots of extra service during the a.m. and p.m. peak periods.
Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend, and customers traveling in groups should consider sharing a 10-trip ticket for savings. Parking will be free at many stations.
Metro-North is also operating extra weekend trains—Shoppers’ Specials—on the New Haven Line, Harlem Line and Hudson Line from Nov. 17 through December 30.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels
To ease travel for its customers this Thanksgiving, routine maintenance and temporary construction work at all MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings will be suspended beginning at noon on Wednesday until early Monday morning.