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Increased Train Service Helps New Yorkers Get Around for Fourth of July

By Eliza Fawcett | July 2, 2013 1:02pm
 MTA will run increased train service for the July Fourth holiday. 
MTA will run increased train service for the July Fourth holiday. 
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NEW YORK — For New Yorkers eager to get out of Manhattan for the long weekend, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is increasing service on Metro-North, the Long Island Rail Road and the Staten Island Railway starting on Wednesday afternoon, officials announced. 

Metro-North will provide 23 extra "getaway" trains from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, departing from Grand Central on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. Some late-afternoon trains will not be running or will be combined with with other trains.

You can see the full list of changes, including additional ferries and buses meeting trains upstate New York, here.

The LIRR will run eight additional trains from Penn Station early Wednesday afternoon: three on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one on the Port Washington Branch and one on the Far Rockaway Branch. More information is available here

The LIRR will also add four trains to the Montauk Branch on Wednesday, including a 4:07 p.m. Montauk Cannonball, which goes from Penn Station to Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk only.

On Thursday, before and after the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, which will light up the Hudson River starting at 9:20 p.m., the MTA will run additional trains on the 1, 3, A, C, E, and L lines, as well as the 42nd Street Shuttle. Subways and buses will run on a Saturday schedule on Thursday.

The MTA will offer extra trains on the Staten Island Railway from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, as well as before and after the fireworks on Thursday.

On Thursday, Metro-North, the LIRR and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule.

To help ease car traffic into and out of the city, the MTA is suspending routine work on seven bridges and two tunnels starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday through the holiday.