Transit Sam, Week of Oct. 29, 2015

Dates: Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday, November 4


 Gridlock is about to get ghastly in Lower Manhattan! The Village Halloween Parade returns Saturday night, bringing horrific traffic along with it. This year’s parade promises to be bigger and better than ever, closing Sixth Ave. between Canal and 18th Sts., Dominick St. between Varick St. and Sixth Ave., Sullivan St. between Broome and Spring Sts., Broome and Spring Sts. between Sullivan and Varick Sts., and 16th,17th, 18th Sts. between Fifth and Seventh Aves. 6 p.m. to midnight.

The New York City Marathon on Sunday means traffic slowdowns across the five boroughs. Count your lucky stars in Lower Manhattan; street closures are not taking place below Central Park, although there are always traffic ripple effects from the marathon closures.  Even without closures Downtown, we will see more traffic at the Holland Tunnel as drivers use it to avoid the Verrazano Bridge. You can also expect an uptick in traffic at the Williamsburg Bridge as drivers avoid the Queensboro Bridge. All day Sunday, streets and bridges will be closed, including First Ave. between 63rd and 135th Sts., Fifth Ave. between 120th and 90th Sts., the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge, the Willis and Madison Ave. bridges, the Verrazano Bridge, and Fourth Ave. in Brooklyn. Don’t even think of driving across the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges and using local streets — the marathon runs just a few blocks east of the bridges. To make sure you avoid major marathon gridlock, check out the full course map here.

Don’t think you’ll be able to escape to New Jersey with ease either! The Jets play the Jaguars 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium, which means fan traffic will be slow going across the Hudson in both the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

The main entrance to the South Ferry Manhattan station will close Monday November 2nd through August of 2016. During the closure, R train riders will have to access the station from the entrance near Whitehall and Stone Sts.

On West St./Route 9A, one southbound lane will close between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

The Stone Street Pedestrian Mall will close Stone St. between Hanover Sq. and Broad St., and Mill Ln. between Stone and South William Sts. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day this week.

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