NYC Thanksgiving Service Updates

November 25, 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving from Moovit! 🍂

    ⚠️ Expect changes in service levels for public transportation on Thursday, November 26- Sunday, November 29, for Thanksgiving weekend. 

    Everything you need to know 👇


    service changes for Thanksgiving 2020

    MTA is strongly urging riders to adhere to advice from public health officials to avoid traveling around the holiday. If you must travel, here are details about subway, bus, and rail schedules for Thanksgiving and the days before and after.


    • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day): Subways operate on a sunday schedule. The Staten Island Railway runs on a Saturday schedule.
    • Friday, November 27: Subways and the Staten Island Railway operate on a regular weekday schedule.


    Buses operate on a Sunday schedule.

    See special schedules for Thanksgiving and the day after by borough:

    Long Island Rail Road

    • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day): Regular holiday/weekend service.
    • Wednesday and Friday, November 25 and 27: Regular weekday service.

    Metro-North Railroad

    East of Hudson

    • Wednesday, November 25: Regular weekday service on Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. There are no early getaway trains this year.
    • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), through Sunday, November 29: Regular weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect all day, each day. There is no Hudson Rail Link service at Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil.
    • Friday, November 27: Regular weekend schedule.

    There is no service between Southeast and Wassaic from Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. There is no substitute bus service.

    The north end of Grand Central Terminal is open Wednesday, November 25, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.. It is closed November 26 and 27.

    West of Hudson

    • Wednesday, November 25: Regular weekday service. Peak-hour fares apply.
    • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29: Regular weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.
    • Friday, November 27: Expanded weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect. Hudson Rail Link service operates on an hourly schedule.
      • On the Port Jervis Line, there will be extra trains departing Port Jervis at 6:18 a.m. and 4:05 p.m., and an extra train departing Hoboken at 4:22 p.m.

    Subway entrances and exits

    NYPD’s transit bureau expects to close these entrances on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    • 34 St—Herald Square: All entrances on 34th St between Broadway and 6th Av. The 35 St entrances on the east side of 6 Av and the entrances at 32 St and 6 Av (by the PATH) will stay open.
    • 34 St—7 Avenue: All entrances on the corner of 34 St and 7 Av.

    Note: No subway stations will be bypassed.

    Bridges and tunnels

    We are suspending lane closures related to maintenance and construction beginning 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, through the end of the morning rush on Monday, November 30.

    Street closures

    Buses will re-route as necessary.

    • From 6:30 p.m. Monday until 2 p.m. Thursday, 34 St between 5 Av and 8 Av will be closed for extended periods (but not continuously).
    • From 10 p.m. Wednesday until 2 p.m. Thursday, 6 Av between 32 St and 36 St will be closed.
    • From 6 a.m. Thursday until 2 p.m. Thursday, 7 Av between 34 St and 37 St will be closed.

    NJ transit 

    Wednesday, Nov. 25


    Regular weekday service


    Atlantic City – Egg Harbor routes are operating on a Saturday schedule

    Early getaway from Port Authority Bus Terminal on some routes

    Consult timetable or visit for information about specific routes

    Light Rail

    Regular weekday service

    Thursday, Nov. 26


    Weekend/major holiday schedule; rail service on Gladstone Branch


    Most routes operating on a Sunday schedule
    Consult timetable or visit for information about specific routes

    Light Rail

    Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Sat/Sun/holiday schedule

    Newark Light Rail, Sunday/holiday schedule

    River LINE, Sunday schedule

    Friday, Nov. 27


    Enhanced weekend/major holiday service (same schedule as used on MLK and Presidents Days)

    Extra trains will run in peak a.m. and p.m. periods; Gladstone Branch rail service will operate


    Schedules vary by route

    Consult timetable or visit for information on specific routes

    Light Rail

    Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, regular weekday service

    Newark Light Rail, Saturday/holiday schedule

    River LINE, regular weekday service