MTA Bridges and Tunnels to Close Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to All Traffic

Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7

Upper-Level Will Be Closed to Traffic in Both Directions Beginning at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6

 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the following service changes and updates for the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon taking place on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Closure

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MTA Bridges and Tunnels will close the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to all vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, for the City-permitted TCS New York City Marathon. Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge must use alternate routes. In addition, on Saturday, Nov. 6, the upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m. to allow for roadway preparation. Over-dimensional vehicles and vehicles containing hazardous materials will not be permitted to cross the bridge in either direction once that closure takes place. The Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits in Staten Island will close at 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, and reopen at 4 p.m.

Motorists can call the Verrazzano-Narrows Marathon Traffic Hotline at (718) 692-5656 to hear information about the closures.

Seeing the Race With MTA New York City Transit

MTA New York City Transit’s subway and buses will enable customers to get to the event from all parts of the city. Marathon revelers can use the MYmta app or for any last-minute subway or bus diversion details as the race progresses.

New York City Transit will stay in contact with the New York Road Runners Club, sharing information regarding any street closures and/or bus diversions that may arise. The Central Park Transverse Roads at 65th, 79th, and 96th Streets will be closed for most of the day, and buses will not be permitted to cross Fifth Avenue during the race. Numerous other bus diversions will take place along the marathon route across the city. See for bus diversion details as the race progresses.

On race day, runners traveling directly to Staten Island by ferry can take the subway to South Ferry or the to Whitehall St Station, then walk to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. Please note that there will be no service between Brooklyn and City Hall. There will be a shuttle bus service for participants on Staten Island. The shuttle buses will transport runners directly from the ferry terminal to School Road at Bay Street in Staten Island. In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations, some stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.”

Additional NYC Transit personnel will be available to assist customers at these subway locations.

For real-time service updates and information, participants, spectators, and motorists can use the following options:


  • Check or the MYmta app for updates, including modified emergency schedules.
  • Follow @MTA and the MTA’s operating agencies on Twitter.  Sign up for text message or email alerts at