NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — More trains and buses will be running across the Tri-State area Friday to help commuters get a head start on the Labor Day weekend.
New Jersey Transit will provide extra trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines starting around 1 p.m. Friday.
Extra buses will leave the Port Authority Bus Terminals on more than a dozen routes starting around noon.
The Long Island Railroad and Metro-North will also provide additional early afternoon service from Manhattan on Friday.
On Labor Day on Monday, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule and the Long Island Railroad will operate on a Sunday and holiday schedule.
To keep traffic moving, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will suspend routine maintenance at its seven bridges and two tunnels beginning 1 p.m. Friday through the end of the Tuesday morning rush hour.
AAA Predicts Travel Increase
More Americans are expected to hit the road over the Labor Day holiday compared with any year since the 2008 financial crisis, according to AAA.
Forty-five million Americans were on the road for the end of summer holiday back in 2008.
“Then the recession hit and just one year later that number dropped to one million,” Robert Sinclair, of AAA New York, said.
This year, 34.1 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the long weekend — 29 million by car, CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian reported.