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MTA Announces Service Details for Labor Day Weekend

Updated August 31, 2021 6:30 p.m.

LIRR and Metro-North to Provide Additional Trains on Friday, Sept. 3

Subways, Buses and Staten Island Railway will Operate on a Sunday Schedule on Monday, September 6

Masks Still Required on Trains, Buses and Inside Stations


Most Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) services will operate on Sunday schedules for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 6, with subway and bus options for customers traveling to NYC-area beaches. On Friday, Sept. 3, the Long Island Rail Road will offer additional afternoon eastbound service and Metro-North Railroad will offer extra trains from Grand Central Terminal.

The MTA has undertaken unprecedented cleaning and disinfecting protocols in the year since the pandemic began, rolled out robust public education campaigns, issued millions of masks to its customers and is hosting public vaccination hubs at Grand Central and Penn Station. Masks are required on board trains and buses and in indoor platforms.

Details for each agency are below:

New York City Subway

Subways will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 6. (As a reminder: Some subway lines do not operate on Sundays.) There will be planned work in the subway system throughout Labor Day weekend.

Information about planned work can be found on the MTA website.

New York City Buses

Buses operated by the MTA will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 6. Many routes do not operate on Sundays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Bus customers traveling on Labor Day should check Sunday schedules, lines and routes.

Long Island Rail Road

On Friday, Sept. 3, the Long Island Rail Road will provide five additional eastbound trains from Penn Station for customers getting an early start on the holiday weekend. Details on the trains can be found online.

LIRR trains will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, Sept. 6. The extra westbound return trains from Montauk and the Hamptons that usually operate on summer Sundays will instead run on Monday, Sept. 6.

An additional westbound train to Montauk will also run on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Off-peak fares will be in effect.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, Sept. 3, Metro-North will offer six early-afternoon trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. Customers on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines will have full weekday service.

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, Sunday service will be in effect on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, and weekend service will be in effect on the Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line. On the Port Jervis Line, Metro-North will add an extra inbound train departing Port Jervis at 4:05 p.m. for those heading back to Hoboken or Manhattan.    

Staten Island Railway

The Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 6.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

To accommodate motorists traveling for the Labor Day holiday weekend, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend most lane closures related to routine maintenance and temporary construction work beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Any extraordinary weather-critical work that must be accomplished over the holiday weekend would occur only during overnight hours when traffic is at its lightest.

Ways to Get Information   

Information about all planned service changes is available through the MTA’s many real-time service information sources.  

MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services all in one place.       

MTA.info –The “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line. 

Live Subway Map – The MTA launched a public beta of its groundbreaking Live Subway Map on Oct. 20. In its first iteration the Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlight accessible stations, and much more.  

LIRR TrainTime app – Customers can download the app on their smartphones to see real-time travel information such as arrivals and capacity tracking. Customer service representatives are available for live chat to answer questions from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Metro-North TrainTime app – Metro-North unveiled major upgrades to its TrainTime app late last year to keep customers updated by the second. The upgraded app includes real-time capacity tracking to enhance social distancing, real-time train location updated every three seconds and is available in six language.

Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive alerts, tailored by specific branch and time of day, by visiting www.MyMTAAlerts.com.   

Twitter – Twitter users can follow   @MTA@NYCTSubway@NYCTBus@LIRR and @MetroNorth to receive dynamic service updates and customer service support.

WhatsApp – Customers can chat with NYC Transit via WhatsApp. NYC Transit first added the function last year. WhatsApp expands the number of customer service channels available to riders and is especially helpful for non-native English speakers. Riders can receive customer service support in their native language through the help of Google Translate.

Apple Business Chat – NYC Transit recently launched its Apple Business Chat pilot that allows iPhone users to communicate directly with NYC Transit and get real-time updates. 

These communication channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, the MTA will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.  

For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511, the New York State Travel Information Line. Connecticut customers should call 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.