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MTA schedules for New Year’s Eve travel

Set for Times Square, Joel concert

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:58 am, Thu Jan 2, 2014.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will modify its schedules on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, to accommodate people going into Times Square for the annual celebration, as well as the Billy Joel concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Travelers to Times Square on Tuesday are advised to avoid the 42nd Street-Times Square station, as they may not be able to exit onto the street.

In addition, the northbound platform for the No. 1 train at 50th Street and the north- and southbound platforms for the N, Q and R lines at 49th Street will close from 7 p.m. until after midnight.

Riders are urged to exit the system at 57th Street or 59th Street-Columbus Circle and walk to Times Square.

Buses are not recommended for those wishing to see the ball drop because of the numerous street closings that will be required in the area to accommodate crowds and security considerations.

After midnight, trains on the lines around Times Square will run every eight to 12 minutes until 3 a.m.

The 42nd Street S shuttle that runs to and from Grand Central terminal will operate all night.

Regular bus service will resume as streets reopen after midnight.

The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will operate on modified weekday schedules with extra city-bound service in the evening and extra outbound service departing after midnight.

The LIRR will have extra trains leaving from its Atlantic Avenue terminal beginning 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Billy Joel concert.

On New Year’s Day, city buses and subways will run on a Sunday schedule, while the LIRR and Metro-North will be on holiday schedules.

The MTA also is warning drivers that it will have beefed-up police patrols at all its bridges and tunnels to look for motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Further information is available online at mta.info.

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