Getaway Day Advice: Labor Day 2019

As a service to commuters, we provide this getaway advice for those who are exiting NYC (via public transit) for Labor Day Weekend. Read on for:

  1. A look back at 2018: “What happened on the Friday before the holiday last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “SIX T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

(1) What happened on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend last year?

Overall: things were good before 1:00 PM. Conditions deteriorated in the 1:00 hour.
See carrier-specific notes below for details about what happened on your commute.

LIRR

  • Starting at 1:00 PM – A steady stream of official announcements regarding delays
  • Roughly 31 alerts sent throughout the PM rush
  • Many made reference to late train ahead

Metro North

An event-free afternoon!

NJ Transit Trains

  • Starting at 1:00 PM – A steady stream of official announcements regarding delays and cancelled trains
  • Approx 50 alerts throughout the PM rush
  • Over 20 trains were announced as cancelled (on this day…for this day)
  • engineer availability and equipment availability were cited as the cause

Hoboken was consistently reported to be a good option throughout the day

NJ Buses

Between 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM, there were several reports of long lines at PABT and delays on 495/Route 3

 

(2) Here are Clever Commute’s “SIX T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on getaway day:

1. Technology – Think and plan NOW. Update your apps, load your e-Reader, charge your headphones, curate your playlist, charge your device and consider a portable charger.
Theses simple things can greatly reduce stress.

2. Tickets – tickets..TicketsTICKETSGet them early!
If you or your traveling companion will need a ticket, get it BEFORE Friday afternoon.
Lines are loooooong on getaway days.
Idea: LIRR, Metro NorthNJ Transit and NY Waterway all have ticket apps!

3. Timing is crucial
Use the re-cap above as a guide…but add some padding to be safe.

4. Timetables and Schedule changes 
LIRR, Metro North and NJ Transit will provide (extra) getaway day service…but all 3 have date-specific trip planners on their sites.

5. Terminal – Choose wisely

  • If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.
  • NJT riders: consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  consider Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint Avenue

6. Other Tips: 

  • Dress in layers – the terminal or the trains can be warm
  • Bring water/snacks – save time…save money. Plan ahead.
  • “Baggage strategy” matters – There is going to be lots of luggage around on Friday.
  • Pick/Pack your bag early and lightly!
  • Make your plan now…Do NOT wait until Friday morning to start thinking about this.

Have a great holiday!