Thanksgiving transit in NYC: Here’s the subway and bus schedule changes this holiday weekend

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An A train at Aqueduct Racetrack on Nov. 16, 2023.
Marc A. Hermann / MTA

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend comes with a litany of subway, bus and commuter rail changes around New York City.

Per normal Sunday schedules, the B, W, and Z trains will not run on Thursday, while the 5 train will not run in Brooklyn. Some other trains that run express on weekdays, like the A, will run local service on Thursday. The 1 train and the 42nd Street Shuttle will see a service bump Thursday morning to help ferry riders to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Stations along the parade route will remain open, but the MTA suggests travelers head to alternate stations to avoid overcrowding, especially because some station exits will be closed. Affected stations will include 34th Street-Penn Station on the 1/2/3, 59th Street-Columbus Circle on the A/C/D/1, and stations along 6th Avenue serving the D, F, N, Q, and R lines.

Other lines will see service changes due to ongoing renovations, which started before and will end after this week.

Subways will run on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, Nov. 24.

PATH trains between New York and New Jersey will run on a modified weekday schedule, with 10-minute headways between trains.

City buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, and Manhattan buses in particular are expected to experience delays due to the parade. Buses will run reduced service levels on Friday.

Metro-North will run increased service into Grand Central ahead of the Macy’s parade Thursday morning, and out of Grand Central after its conclusion; it will run weekend service on Friday. The Long Island Rail Road will run additional trains to and from Manhattan for the parade on the Babylon and Ronkonkoma branches, but will otherwise operate on a weekday schedule on Friday with off-peak fares.

New Jersey Transit will run a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day and a Saturday schedule on Black Friday.

For more information on Thanksgiving travel, visit https://new.mta.info/article/mta-service-thanksgiving-2023

This story has been updated to note the LIRR will operate with a weekday schedule on Black Friday, rather than weekend as originally written.