Transit Sam: Week of Aug. 11, 2016

Dates: Thurs., Aug. 11–Wed., Aug. 17


NFL games during weeknights, even pre-season games, affect traffic much more than Sunday games.  That’s because fans hit the roads during the afternoon peak period. We’ve got two consecutive games at the Meadowlands on Thursday and Friday nights.  The Jaguars take on the Jets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the Giants go head-to-head with the Dolphins at 7 p.m. on Friday at MetLife Stadium. Now what does this have to do with lower Manhattan?  It’s called the domino effect — traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel will get so jammed starting at 4 p.m. that drivers will head Downtown to the Holland.  Thursday and Friday afternoons this week will be a mess on Varick, Canal and Hudson Sts.

Somebody isn’t paying attention to the football schedule (or they hate the Jets) because Hudson River tunnel lanes will shut down just as fans return to Manhattan. The Holland Tunnel will close one eastbound tunnel lane from 11 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday morning. The Lincoln Tunnel will close an eastbound tube from 11 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday morning. Closures continue in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, with one tube closed from 8:30 p.m. Thursday to 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, and from 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday. There will be one lane in each direction in the remaining tube.

Millions March NYC demonstrators continue to gather in City Hall Park in between Broadway and Park Row all week. Civil disobedience may cause backups on the Brooklyn Bridge.

DOT’s Summer Streets continue this weekend. The citywide festival will close Centre St. between the Brooklyn Bridge and Foley Square, and Lafayette St. between Foley Square and Astor Pl. (as well as Park Ave. up to 72nd St.) from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Manhattan-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge will take the FDR Drive or the Park Row South exit. The following crosstown streets will be open to cars: Chambers, Reade, Worth, Canal, Broome, and Houston Sts. The event continues the following Saturday as well.

DOT’s Shared Streets will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday from Broadway to Water St. and from Park Row to State St. (City Hall to the Battery).  This route will be shared with pedestrians and cyclists, so cars should not exceed 5 mph.

The Park Avenue Underpass will be closed in both directions 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Take the FDR or Second Ave. instead.

There will be no 4 train service in between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend, so take the N, R, 2, or 3 trains instead. The E train will be running on the F line between W 4th St. and Jay St.-Metro Tech.