24 Dec 2012 11:00 AM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: The Tree at Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s most iconic images of the Holiday Season. (Image Source: Rockefeller Center)
With Christmas just one day away, New Yorkers can rest easy that traffic will be especially light Tuesday, and slightly lighter than usual today as well—though the commute out of the city may be rough.
Current traffic maps show that, for the most part, traffic is moving smoothly throughout the city, though there are some delays on the BQE due to a disabled truck on the Kosciuszko Bridge.
Otherwise, with many residents out of town and schools in recess, traffic within the city will remain lighter than usual today. Christmas Day will see even lighter traffic with government offices and many local businesses shuttered for the holiday.
The commute home and out of the city today may take longer than usual, however, as many last-minute travelers will undoubtedly be heading to their Christmas destinations after work this evening. Plan ahead, especially if your final destination involves a last-minute drive out of the city.
Alternate side parking rules will be suspended throughout the city on Christmas Day, and stopping, standing and parking in most areas will be permitted, except when rules are in effect seven days a week (i.e. “No Parking Anytime”) or within 15 feet of hydrants.
The Metro-North Railroad is offering special West-of-Hudson travel on Christmas Eve, sending trains out early for commuters to reach their destination. Due to lighter ridership, however, later trains will be affected.
Meanwhile, the MTA will be running on a Sunday schedule for Christmas Day.