Transit Sam: Week of Oct. 6, 2016

Dates: Thurs., Oct. 6 – Wed., Oct. 12


Columbus Day means that alternate-side parking rules are suspended this Monday. But the rules aren’t quite like a normal Sunday suspension, and that makes this a big day for summons. This is what you should remember: schools are out, so both alternate-side and School Parking rules near public schools and some private schools will be suspended. But don’t forget that meter restrictions still apply. I know, it’s confusing! Luckily, you won’t have to worry too much about heavy gridlock that day.

There may be holdups around the Holland Tunnel beginning at roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday as families head home for Yom Kippur the following day. The good news is, public schools and some private schools close for the holiday (other than Jewish parochial schools, fuhggedaboudit!) and that means Wednesday will be the lightest day of traffic this week. It also means that Sunday alternate-side parking rules are in effect for the day.

This week, Lower Manhattan won’t have to worry about sports traffic, but Queen Bey will take over MetLife Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Beyoncé brings a massive following everywhere she goes, which means MetLife will be at capacity with more than 80,000 fans in attendance. That crowd will head to the Meadowlands just in time for end-of-the-week rush hour, adding even more standstill traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel, which means spillover gridlock at the Holland. If you’re headed to MetLife, New Jersey Transit to Secaucus connects you to the Meadowlands Rail Line, and that will take you straight to the stadium without the roadway delays.

Major closures in Lower Manhattan might make commutes to the area tricky for Columbus Day commuters. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Bowling Green Association Street Festival will close Broadway all the way from Liberty St. to Battery Pl. The east side of Broadway, as it turns into Whitehall St., will also close all the way down to Water St. Whitehall St. goes all the way south to where the FDR originates, possibly causing delays for anyone getting on the highway, though Whitehall will remain open between Water and South Sts. South St. will also remain open.

The Sons of Italy Freedom Block Party will close Liberty St. from Broadway to Trinity Pl. noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

North of W. 4th St., E trains will run on the F line; 5 train service between Dyre Ave. and Bowling Green will end early on weeknights, between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. for downtown trains, and 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for uptown trains.