MTA prepares for busiest travel day, four-day Thanksgiving holiday

Ossining train station

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing for holiday travelers during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Last year, Metro-North Railroad carried 100,275 people northbound from Grand Central Terminal between noon and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, a 17.4 percent increase over a normal weekday and a 6.4 percent increase over the prior year.

Metro-North expects to carry 102,000 customers from Grand Central between noon and 8 p.m., the highest ever in Metro-North history, a two percent higher than last year’s travel.

Metro-North will offer tickets at off-peak prices over the four-day Holiday starting on Thanksgiving Day until Sunday, December 1.

Customers should buy tickets in advance, and those traveling into Manhattan can purchase a 10-trip off-peak ticket to save 30 percent to 50 percent of the one-way fare.

On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North will be operating on a Saturday schedule with extra service before and after the parade. The West-of-Hudson service will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule with extra service before and after the parade.

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