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Getaway Day Advice: Thanksgiving 2017

November 15th, 2017  |  Published in announcements

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

  1. A look back at 2016: “What happened on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

(1) What happened on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year?

  • In the 12:00 hour, terminals such as NY Penn and Grand Central were not crowded
    (nor were the trains!)
  • However: by 1:15 PM things changed. People reported it to be as crowded as a typical rush hour
  • In the 3:00 PM hour, riders at Port Authority shared news of long lines for buses
  • Passenger volume remained high through the evening rush until as late as 7:00 PM

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

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

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

3. 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 thier sites.

4. 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

5. 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 Wednesday.
  • Pick/Pack your bag early and lightly! 
  • Make your plan now…Do NOT wait until Wednesday morning to start thinking about this.

Have a great holiday!

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Getaway Day Advice – July 4th Weekend 2017

June 24th, 2017  |  Published in announcements

As a service to commuters, we provide this getaway advice for those who are exiting NYC (via public transit) for the July 4 holiday. Read on for: 

  1. A look back at 2016: “What happened on the Friday evening before July 4th Weekend last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

(1) What happened on the Friday before July 4 last year?

Commuter Trains Summary 

  • NY Penn Station riders reported crowds as early as 1:15 PM
  • Grand Central reported crowds in the 2:00 hour 
  • Passenger volume remained high in the 3:00 and 4:00 hours (crowds in the station, long ticket lines)
  • Between 4:00 and 5:00 PM, riders generally reported fairly normal conditions 

Bus riders at Port Authority also had a tough afternoon.
Accidents in the 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 hours each delayed NJ-bound commuters

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

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

2. Timing is crucial
For those who use NY Penn, we expect this year’s commute to be worse than last. Use the re-cap above as a guide…but add some padding to be safe. 

3. 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 thier sites.

4. Terminal – Choose wisely
If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.
We include that guidance with every “getaway” briefing we do. But due to the ongoing Amtrak work, it’s especially true now. 

  • NJT riders: consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  consider Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint Avenue

5. 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!

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Getaway Day Advice: Memorial Day 2017

May 1st, 2017  |  Published in admin

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

  1. A look back at 2016: “What happened on the Friday evening before Memorial Day Weekend last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

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

Commuter Trains Summary 

  • As usual, train riders from Grand Central had an easier “go” of things versus NY Penn Station riders
  • NY Penn Station riders reported crowds as early as 1:30 PM
  • Peak exodus from NYC was in the 2-3:30 PM window (crowds in the station, long ticket lines)
  • People definitely left NYC early…and by 6:00 PM, they generally reported fairly normal conditions 

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(2) Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day:

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

2. Timing is crucial
For those who use NY Penn, we expect this year’s commute to be worse than last. Use the re-cap above as a guide…but add some padding to be safe. 

3. Timetables and Schedule changes 
LIRR, Metro North and NJ Transit will provide (extra) getaway day service.
(We’ll link to it once MTA posts theirs) 

4. Terminal – Choose wisely
If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.
We include that guidance with every “getaway” briefing we do. But due to the ongoing Amtrak work, it’s especially true now. 

  • NJT riders: consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  consider Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint Avenue

5. 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!

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