Transit Sam: Week of Aug. 18, 2016

Dates: Thursday, August 18- Wednesday, August 24


This is the third and final weekend of the DOT’s Summer Streets program, so enjoy these carless streets while you can! Centre St. between the Brooklyn Bridge and Foley Square, and Lafayette St. between Foley Square and Astor Pl. (and Park Ave. up to 72nd St) from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will be closed. The following crosstown streets will be open to cars: Chambers, Reade, Worth, Canal, Broome, and Houston Sts. Manhattan-bound traffic, take the FDR Drive or the Park Row South exit rather than the Brooklyn Bridge.

Uptown 1 and 2 trains will skip downtown stations between Franklin and 28th Sts. from roughly midnight to 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday; next week, downtown 1 and 2 trains will skip the same stations late night to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Following the same schedule, Brooklyn-bound 4 and 6 trains will skip stations between 33rd and Canal Sts. today and Friday. And from 11:30 p.m. to 5:a.m. tomorrow through Monday, 2 trains will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This week’s forecast could be a mixed blessing: you might have AC to beat the heat, but beware of some possible delays along busy routes. There may be daytime congestion over the East River, with one of three Brooklyn-bound lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge closed from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as two of three Brooklyn-bound lanes from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. today and Friday. One Manhattan-bound lane may close from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., while two of three Manhattan-bound lanes may close from midnight to 5 a.m. today and Friday.

At the Manhattan Bridge, one lane at a time will close on the Upper Roadway from midnight to 5 a.m. today and Friday, as well as one lane at a time on the Lower Roadways from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday, for bridge maintenance.

A northbound lane will close from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday on Route 9A/West St. between Battery Pl. and Vesey Str. Closures will continue into the weekend, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday and Sunday.

Finally, Bruce Springsteen will light up MetLife Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, for a break from its recent streak of sports events. Watch for traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel, where peak hours are sure to bring regular commuters together with Springsteen fans beginning mid-afternoon for an extra-long rush hour. Don’t forget, spillover traffic might impact the Holland during this time!