NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the start of the holiday season fast approaching, New York City’s Department of Transportation is urging people to use mass transit on days it designates as some of the busiest traffic days of the year.

On Gridlock Alert Days, the DOT recommends walking, biking or taking public transportation when traveling for work, shopping or recreation.

For 2016, the DOT’s Gridlock Alert Days are:

  • Friday, Nov. 18
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30
  • Friday, Dec. 9
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14
  • Thursday, Dec. 15
  • Friday, Dec. 16
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
  • Thursday, Dec. 22
  • Friday, Dec. 23

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