The bad news is that NYC traffic will be gridlocked all week for the UN Assembly. The good news is there are alternatives to getting around, including special gridlock discounts on bike shares, ride sharing, and parking outside Manhattan.
Here are the Gridlock Alert Days rules for September, and also for the upcoming holiday season in November and December.
New Gridlock Alert Days
Increased traffic volume and UN Assembly related street closures have a profound effect on the movement of vehicles in Midtown. As a result, weekdays from September 24 – October 1, 2018 are newly designated Gridlock Alert Days by the NYC Dept. of Transportation.
Drivers can expect Midtown travel times up to three times longer than what is typical for that day of week.
- Monday, September 24
- Tuesday, September 25
- Wednesday, September 26
- Thursday, September 27
- Friday, September 28
- Saturday, September 29
- Sunday, September 30
- Monday, October 1
Holiday Gridlock Alert Days
Select days in November and December are designated Gridlock Alert Days, as traffic volumes increase with holiday shopping and travel, as well as special event street closures. Drivers can expect that travel through Midtown will take twice as long as a typical day of week.
- November 16, 21, 28
- December 7, 12-14, 19-21
Public transportation is the best way to travel on Gridlock Alert Days – and every day. Visit mta.info to check the service status of subways, buses, Metro North Railroad and Long Island Railroad.
The new MYmta app and website is a great resource for personalized trip planning and real-time service information.
Citi Bike is New York City’s bike share system, providing 12,000 bikes at 750 stations in 60 neighborhoods, and a great way to beat gridlock. Citi Bike is offering 50% off their popular 3-Day passes from September 24 – October 1, 2018, so there’s no better time to try cycling.
Plan your bike route with the NYC Bike Map.
Whenever a vehicle trip is essential, NYC DOT recommends sharing a Via ride to help reduce congestion by cutting down single-occupancy trips. Via’s powerful technology effectively matches riders going in the same direction to create affordable shared rides, and dynamically routes vehicles in real time to avoid traffic.
Via is offering 50% off* each additional passenger for rides within Manhattan. Use the promo code GRIDLOCK from September 24th through October 1st, book together and share rides! *Offer may not be combined with other discounts.
Parking Outside of Midtown
SEE ALSO The 2018 Parking Calendar for rules about alternate side of the street parking and more.
Driving from Queens or Long Island? Consider swapping your car for the 7 Train at Citi Field.
The New York Mets are offering $5 commuter rate parking at Citi Field on weekdays. Park before noon on game days* to ensure the $5 rate. The entrance to the lot is located on Roosevelt Avenue between 126th Street and Shea Road.
Visit the Driving & Parking page on mlb.com/mets for more information. *Game Days: 9/25-9/30