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Transportation to the Start

For most runners, the deadline to select transportation to the start was July 31. If you did not make your transportation selection by the July 31 deadline, and you wish to take official transportation to the start, limited options will be available at number pickup at the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo. We highly recommend that you take official TCS New York City Marathon transportation to the start. There is no charge for this transportation.

The following guidelines applied to transportation selection:

  • You may change your choice up until the deadline, but not after the deadline.
  • All options available in your profile will get you to Fort Wadsworth in time for your start.
  • As options fill, they will no longer be available in your profile. However, options may reopen as runners change their choices.
  • If you will not be taking the official marathon transportation to the start, please select “I do not need official transportation” in your My NYRR profile. If you do not choose transportation by the July 31 deadline, you will be assigned no official transportation option and will be responsible for your own transportation to the start.
  • Transportation is for race participants only. Spectators are not allowed at the start.
  • Your transportation choice will be printed on your race number. On race day, please take your assigned transportation.

Your cooperation in choosing your transportation is greatly appreciated, as it allows us to manage the complexities of the start. If you don’t wish to take official transportation, please choose “I do not need transportation."

Approximate Travel Times to Fort Wadsworth

  • Staten Island Ferry/Shuttle Bus: 90 minutes
  • Midtown Manhattan Bus: 90 minutes
  • New Jersey Bus: 60 minutes

These times do not include security screening. Please allow ample time to get to clear security, check your bag or place items in Goodwill bins, use the toilets, and enter your start corral.

Official Transportation Options


Departure Location

Additional Information

Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal, Manhattan

Whitehall Terminal is accessible by several MTA subway and bus routes. The free ferry transports runners to St. George Terminal on Staten Island, from which free buses transport runners to Fort Wadsworth.

Midtown Manhattan Bus

New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Buses transport runners directly to Fort Wadsworth. The New York Public Library is centrally located and accessible by many subway and bus routes.

AnchorNew Jersey Bus

MetLife Stadium Parking Lot K, by the Quest Diagnostics Training Center

Buses transport runners from MetLife Stadium Parking Lot K directly to Fort Wadsworth. There is no parking at this location.

Map and driving directions

Use MTA Trip Planner and follow The Weekender schedule to plan your trip to your departure location.

Private Vehicles

Please note the following about private vehicles, including private buses:

  • Drop-off will be on Lily Pond Avenue, outside Fort Wadsworth. There is no parking.
  • The walk from the drop-off area to the start villages is approximately one half mile.
  • Private vehicles arriving from New Jersey must drop off runners and clear the Staten Island Expressway by 6:45 a.m., when the expressway will close to vehicles. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will close to all traffic at 6:45 a.m.

Hotels Offering Transportation to the Start

Hotel reservations made through Anthony Travel at either the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott or the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge include complimentary transportation to the start. See details here.

Follow these steps to choose your transportation to the start:

1. Log in to My NYRR.

2. Select the Races and Registration tab on the left side, under the My NYRR heading.

3. Scroll to 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on your dashboard.

4. Make your baggage and transportation choices and submit!

Questions? Visit our Help Center, where you can find answers to many questions about the race.