Avoid Traveling From Harlem To The Hudson For Thanksgiving Due To COVID Risks, MTA Says

November 25, 2020

It’s not often you hear a transit authority encouraging people not to travel during the holidays.

But then again, 2020 is not a normal year with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority urged customers to adhere to advice from public health experts to avoid Thanksgiving and holiday travel to best keep themselves, their families, and others healthy and safe.

“With COVID-19 cases dramatically increasing around the country, we are encouraging the public to restrict travel this Thanksgiving during this once-in-a-hundred-year public health crisis,” Patrick J. Foye, chairman, and CEO of the MTA, said in a release.


“We are also reminding those who must travel about the urgent necessity of wearing masks while riding on public transportation. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the law.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing to recommend the use of face masks in public, and is providing this guidance to Americans: “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

The MTA has found that more than 95 percent of customers on New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad are wearing masks.

The MTA has found that more than 95 percent of customers on New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad are wearing masks.

On Tuesday, the MTA began playing audio announcements from agency executives thanking riders for wearing masks along with a written note to motorists who have opted in for messages from MTA bridges and tunnels.

On Wednesday, Metro-North will offer regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.

On Wednesday, Metro-North will offer regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.

On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North Railroad will operate on a weekend schedule reports Stamford Advocate.

And on Friday, Metro-North’s Harlem, New Haven, and Hudson lines will operate on a weekend schedule.

And on Friday, Metro-North’s Harlem, New Haven, and Hudson lines will operate on a weekend schedule.


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