MTA offers more commuter services for Thanksgiving holiday

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is adjusting schedules and fares next week to accommodate Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

For Long Island Rail Road riders, off-peak ticket pricing will be in effect Thursday through Sunday to get travelers in the holiday spirit. The Family Fare discount will also be in effect all four days, meaning up to four kids ages 5-11 can ride one-way for $1 when accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or guardian.

On Wednesday, there will be nine extra eastbound trains running from Penn Station in the afternoon to handle the anticipated preholiday rush home, the MTA said.

For Long Islanders going to and from New York City on Thanksgiving, 17 trains are being added, including six additional westbound trains and 11 more eastbound trains.

The schedule returns to normal Friday, Nov. 29, with off-peak fares still in effect.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, four westbound trains and six eastbound trains will be added to the regular weekend schedule. Those additional trains will continue to be offered for the next five weekends, through the weekend of Jan. 4-5, "to make travel to and from the city more convenient," the MTA said.

Metro North has also announced a beefed-up holiday schedule with more trains coming in and out of the city that will carry more cars than usual. Metro-North said it expects to carry more than 100,000 customers on Thanksgiving, making it the busiest holiday of the year.

In the city, subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving. According to the MTA, the closest subway stations to the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are the 1 train at 79th Street and the C train at 81st Street.

Routine maintenance and construction work on all MTA bridges and tunnels will be suspended to ease congestion for holiday travelers from noon on Wednesday through early morning hours on Monday, Dec. 2.

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More information about holiday schedule changes can be found at www.mta.info.

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