Beat Memorial Day Weekend Crowds with Early Trains and Buses

By Alan Neuhauser on May 25, 2012 10:44am 

The Long Island Railroad, Metro-North and New Jersey transit are offering extra train and bus service Friday afternoon for Memorial Day Weekend.
The Long Island Railroad, Metro-North and New Jersey transit are offering extra train and bus service Friday afternoon for Memorial Day Weekend.
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NEW YORK — Get out of town!

The MTA and New Jersey Transit are offering "early getaway" service Friday to kick off Memorial Day Weekend and help New Yorkers honor the war dead.

Extra trains and buses will begin leaving the city at noon to help commuters beat the evening holiday weekend rush.

In addition, on Saturday, the MTA will offer a special train and bus package for those paying tribute to fallen veterans at Calverton National Cemetery.

On Monday, all MTA and New Jersey Transit trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Here are additional details on mass transit service for he holiday weekend:

Long Island Rail Road

Extra train service starts at 2 p.m. Friday. For details and departure times for specific train lines, click here.

On Saturday, the LIRR will offer discounted round-trip rail fare to Calverton National Cemetery, as well as air-conditioned coach bus transportation to and from the military cemetery, according to the LIRR website. Shuttle bus service will also be provided within the cemetery to various sections and grave sites.

Tickets cost $38.50 for adults, and $31 for children ages 5 to 11. For more information, click here.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, early getaway trains begin departing from Grand Central to Connecticut destinations at 12 p.m., and to upstate New York destinations at 1:45 p.m., according to the MTA website. Click here for details.

New Jersey Transit

Extra outbound trains will be operating on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, and Port Jervis lines starting at about 1 p.m. Friday, according to the New Jersey Transit website. One outbound Pascack Valley train will extend its existing service to terminate in Spring Valley, N.Y.

Also on Friday, extra buses will operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on more than 24 bus routes starting at about 12 p.m. For more information, click here.

Staten Island Railway

Extra trains begin departing St. George at 2:31 p.m., according to the MTA website. For timetables and more, click here.

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