Metro-North Railroad will change its schedules to meet people’s needs over the Thanksgiving weekend. The adjustments start with more outbound trains during the day Wednesday, when people are escaping work early to get ready for the big day.
The railroad has also adjusted schedules to get people into town in time for the Macy’s parade, and to flood Manhattan with sight-seers and shoppers.
One note: On Thanksgiving, if you’re traveling out of Manhattan between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you’ll be asked to show or offer your ticket before you get on the train.
Here’s the breakdown:
Traditionally, the the heaviest travel day of the year. Ridership out of Grand Central Terminal is generally 25 percent higher between noon and 8 p.m. than a normal weekday.
– Longer trains will run at key times to hold more passengers.
– Twenty outbound trains will be added between noon and 4:10 p.m. (That’s 11 on the New Haven Line, 6 on the Hudson Line and 3 on the Harlem Line.)
– Passengers heading to Manhattan for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will find more morning service.
– Trains will be added out of Grand Central from late morning till mid-afternoon for customers heading to suburban destinations.
– Expanded inbound evening service for those returning to New York City.
– NOTE: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., passengers traveling from Grand Central and Harlem-125th St. will have their tickets collected before they board the trains. (Last year, 33,000 people left Grand Central during those four hours.)
Friday (Black Friday.)
– Schedules adjusted with fewer early morning trains but more mid-day runs to handle an expected lower number of commuters but large number of passengers traveling to Manhattan to see the sights. (The railroad expects the number of people arriving at Grand Central between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to increase 60 percent.)
Saturday and Sunday
– Regular Saturday and Sunday schedules, with extra trains and additional cars on existing trains.
– Saturday: Service features upper Hudson and outer New Haven Line Shoppers’ Special service.
– Saturday: Regular half-hourly service to and from Stamford on the New Haven Line and to and from North White Plains on the Harlem Line all day.
– Sunday: Outer New Haven line Shoppers’ Specials in addition to the normal half-hourly service on all lines.
Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, Metro-North will supplement regular train
service to meet the travel demands of increased ridership by providing additional cars and extra
staffing on existing train service during key times throughout the holiday period, including
Hudson Line Shoppers’ Special trains on Saturdays, and New Haven Line Shoppers’ Specials on