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Pre-Labor Day Travel: Extra Trains From NYC, Sold-Out Ferries To Long Island

Metro-North offers extra trains out of Manhattan early Friday afternoon for Connecticut commuters who want to get an early start on the Labor Day weekend.

But people who are looking for a final summertime getaway to Long Island will have a tougher time than usual: As of Thursday afternoon, 23 of the 36 ferries leaving Friday for Long Island were already booked.

Metro-North is running six extra Connecticut-bound trains out of Grand Central Terminal beginning at 12:58 p.m. The last special train leaves at 4. After that, though, two regularly scheduled trains — the 5:41 p.m. and the 6:49 — are canceled.

The railroad is offering special 12:58, 2:01, 2:28 and 3:29 p.m. trains that will stop at Westport and then all stations between Fairfield and New Haven. A 2:56 special out of Grand Central will serve Stamford, and then all stations between Noroton Heights and South Norwalk, and a 4 p.m. train will stop at Stamford and all stations between Bridgeport and New Haven.

A normal Saturday schedule will be in effect on the New Haven Line on Sept. 3, and a Sunday schedule on Sept. 4 as well as Sept. 5, the actual Labor Day holiday. A regular weekday timetable will be in place again Sept. 6.

Vehicle ferries to Long Island have limited availability left on Friday, particularly in the early afternoon through mid-evening.

The New London to Orient Point ferry's website listed only eight Friday ferries with available space for vehicles; 19 were already booked as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Most of the available spots were for early morning departures.

Return trips for Monday are also getting scarce; seven ferries from Orient Point were still taking bookings, and 20 were listed as sold out.

The ferry between Bridgeport and Port Jefferson listed more availability, but its Long Island Sound crossings were also beginning to sell out southbound on Friday. Twelve ferries still had space as of Thursday evening, but all four departures between 3:30 and 8 p.m. were already listed as fully booked.

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