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Transit System Clears the Decks for Marathon Weekend

Updated November 2, 2022 10:45 a.m.
Jamie Torres-Springer Blue Line Painting 2022

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge Will be Closed to All Vehicular Traffic Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6; Saturday, Nov. 5th, the Upper Level of the Bridge Will be Closed to Traffic in Both Directions Beginning at 11 p.m. 

Planned Outages in the Subway System Reduced to Ensure New Yorkers Can Get to Marathon, Move Around City as Seamlessly as Possible 

View Photos of MTA Construction & Development President Torres-Springer at Blue Line Painting Ceremony 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the following service updates for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon taking place on Sunday, Nov. 6. The MTA reduced planned outages in the subway system to ensure New Yorkers can move around the city with minimal disruptions. 

Marathon weekend comes a week after the New York City subway set a post-pandemic weekend ridership record for the second consecutive week, carrying 2,439,380 riders on Saturday, Oct. 29. 

"With tens of thousands of visitors expected to be in town for the marathon, NYC Transit will be ready to take them where they need to go as we look towards what could be another weekend ridership record,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “The subways and buses are ready, and reliable, thanks to weekend czar Jose LaSalle and the entire Transit team who have been working hard to minimize disruptions due to scheduled maintenance for this weekend." 

“I’m excited to be running in the marathon and I will encourage anyone coming out to watch to use mass transit to get there,” said MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “We minimized the impact of scheduled capital work this weekend so New Yorkers interested in seeing the marathon, or simply trying to move around, can get where they need to go reliably.” 

“Marathon weekend is always a special one for MTA Bridges and Tunnels, with the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (VNB) as the starting point of the race,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Daniel F. DeCrescenzo Jr. “Motorists wishing to travel to and from Staten Island this weekend should plan ahead and seek alternate routes during the expected VNB closure times.” 

"The weekend team at NYC Transit has had this day targeted for some time. As someone who has run in the marathon many times, I know how special this day is for the city,” said Acting Deputy Chief, Weekend Service Diversions and Coordination Jose LaSalle. “We anticipate an influx of visitors for the marathon, and we anticipate what could be another record this weekend, especially with construction canceled to ensure rapid resolution to any service issues so that people can continue to move around the region on this weekend when the international spotlight is on New York.” 

“The MTA helps runners from all over the world to have a truly memorable race day experience running through the five boroughs,” said Kerin Hempel, CEO, NYRR. “The robust operation enables efficient transportation options to get athletes to the starting line and for spectators to traverse the city as they take part in one of New York’s most iconic sporting events.” 

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Closure 

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will close the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to all vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6., for the City-permitted TCS New York City Marathon.  

Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge must use alternate routes. In addition, on Saturday, Nov. 5, the upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m. to allow for roadway preparation. Over-dimensional vehicles and vehicles containing hazardous materials will not be permitted to cross the bridge in either direction once that closure takes place. The Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits in Staten Island will close at 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, and reopen at approximately 4 p.m. 

Motorists can call the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Marathon Hotline at (718) 692-5656 to hear information about the closures. 

Seeing the Race with MTA New York City Transit 

NYC Transit’s subway and buses will enable customers to get to the event from all parts of the city. Marathon watchers can use the MYmta app or new.mta.info for any last-minute subway or bus diversion details as the race progresses.

On race day, runners traveling directly to Staten Island by ferry can take the   subway to South Ferry or the   subway to Bowling Green, then walk to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. Please note that   trains and overnight   trains will skip stations in Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn between Canal St and DeKalb Avenue, including Whitehall St;     riders should transfer at Times Square for the  , 14 St-Union Square for the     or Atlantic Av-Barclays Center for the   to reach the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. There will be shuttle bus service for participants on Staten Island. The shuttle buses will transport runners directly from the ferry terminal to School Road at Bay Street in Staten Island. In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations, some stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.” 

Additional NYC Transit personnel will be available to assist customers at these subway locations. 

NYC Transit will stay in contact with the New York Road Runners Club, sharing information regarding any street closures and/or bus diversions that may arise. The Central Park Transverse Roads at 65th, 79th and 96th Streets will be closed for most of the day and buses will not be permitted to cross Fifth Avenue during the race. Numerous other bus diversions will take place along the marathon route across the city. See new.mta.info for bus diversion details as the race progresses.

For real-time service updates and information, participants, spectators and motorists can use the following options: 

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

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

Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MTA, @NYCTSubway, @NYCTBus for service updates and customer service support. 

WhatsApp – Customers can chat with NYC Transit via WhatsApp. Riders can receive customer service support in their native language through the help of Google Translate. 

For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511. 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.