Service Diversions 03-17-17

I have just updated the Service Diversions for the upcoming weekend through the end of next week.

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Metro-North To Suspend Service As Of Noon

Hot off the presses, the MTA has just literally announced that due to the changes in the weather, Metro-North service will suspend all service as of noon.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is advising commuters to stay home, with service cancellations increasing as the storm conditions continue to worsen.

Metro-North Railroad will be suspending all service at noon because of increasing winds and heavy snow accumulations; the last trains will arrive at Grant Central Terminal and other terminals at approximately noon. Customers should check www.mta.info for exact schedules.

“Getting customers to their destination safely is our top priority,” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti, adding that blowing winds and accumulating snow will make it increasingly hard to keep the third rail clear and power running smoothly for the entire day.

Long Island Rail Road continues to operate a reduced morning service.

NYC bus service will begin running local starting at 7 a.m. and service will be curtailed on a route-by-route basis. ?

Above-ground service on the subway continues to be suspended and Access-a-Ride paratransit service is also suspended – other than extreme emergencies – as of 5 a.m.

All commuters traveling on along the MTA system are encouraged to stay home if possible as additional service changes may also be warranted. New Yorkers should exercise caution, avoid unnecessary travel and pay close attention to winter storm advisories as the day progresses.

“This storm is going to bring up to two feet of snow, blizzard-like conditions, and strong winds, to the New York City region” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. “While we know full cancellations are always an inconvenience, safety is paramount and we want to give customers enough notice to alter their plans.”

SUBWAYS @NYCTSubway:

Above-ground service on the subway and Staten Island Railway continues to be suspended. Please check the Underground Service Map for more details. Snow “sweeper” trains will continue to run above ground but will not be picking up passengers.

Elevators at more than two dozen stations have been shut down due to weather conditions.

All previously planned subway maintenance, rehabilitation and construction projects have been cancelled.

BUSES @NYCTBus:

NYC bus service will begin running local starting at 7 a.m. and service will be curtailed on a route-by-route basis. ?

RAILROADS (See @MetroNorth and @LIRR):

LIRR is operating reduced service. Metro-North service will be suspended mid-morning with the last trains arriving around noon at Grand Central Terminal.

Anti-freeze trains have been deployed throughout the systems to spray de-icer on the third rail along LIRR, where the rail is exposed, in an effort to prevent ice-build-up; non-passenger patrol trains will operate along the right-of-way to prevent snowdrifts from forming on the tracks. At stations, extra personnel have salted and cleared platforms of snow. Waiting rooms are being kept open around the clock on Long Island to provide shelter for customers and selected rooms are kept open at Metro-North stations. Scheduled maintenance work has been canceled during the storm.

BRIDGES AND TUNNELS:

Bridges and Tunnels will remain open. Pedestrian walkways will close once sustained winds reach 40mph; All bridges will close to trucks when sustained winds reach 50mph and all traffic will be barred at 60mph.

Approximately 350 maintenance and operations personnel will be deployed during the storm, including about 270 specifically for snow-fighting. Electronic weather sensors are functional at all facilities to monitor weather and roadway conditions in real time. There are more than 9,000 tons of roadway de-icer on hand and more than 100 pieces of storm fighting equipment including trucks and plows are ready.

PARATRANSIT:

Paratransit service continues to be suspended – other than extreme emergencies. New York City Transit has also coordinated a procedure with New York City first responders and the Office of Emergency Management for rescuing customers on immobilized vehicles or those who develop medical needs during storms.

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NYC Subway Underground Service Map

With above ground service suspended on the NYC Subway since 4AM, service is operating on a modified basis underground only. Click here for the current underground service map.

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MTA Service Storm Info 03-13-17

Here is the latest MTA service info in regards to the upcoming nor’easter that threatens to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of the New York area.

SUBWAYS:

Express service will stop running after rush hour on Monday night. Starting at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, above-ground subway service will be suspended. Please check the Underground Service Map for more details.

Snow-fighting equipment for subways will include more than 2,000 snow melting devices staged along the tracks at crucial track switches and along other infrastructure, including: 1,500 third rail heaters; 80 trains with scraper shoes, which are used on in-service trains to scrape ice off the third rail as a train moves along the tracks; 10 snow throwers, which have precise directional snow throwing equipment with rotating brushes that throw snow up to 300 feet from the track and can remove up to 3,000 tons of snow an hour; 7 de-icer train cars, which are trains equipped with ice scraping shoes that scrape off ice that has accumulated on the third rail.

They also use pumping equipment to dispense a stream of nontoxic, biodegradable de-icing fluid to prevent ice buildup on the third rail. If ice is permitted to build up, subway car power pickup equipment will not be able to draw electric current from the third rail and the train will stop; 4 track jet blowers, which use a jet engine to remove accumulated snow from the roadbed. This piece of equipment is used primarily to keep the yards clear.

All previously planned subway maintenance, rehabilitation and construction projects have been cancelled through Tuesday afternoon.

BUSES:

Normal bus service will run on Monday. Bus service is likely to be suspended on Tuesday morning based on local road and blizzard conditions. Until service suspension, all articulated buses are being replaced by standard 40-foot buses.

Bus operations has more than 90 pieces of snow-fighting equipment to supplement the work of municipal agencies. All local buses in service will have tires chained.

RAILROADS:

LIRR and Metro-North railroads anticipate a normal evening rush hour on Monday night. Both railroads anticipate the likelihood of suspended service on Tuesday as conditions worsen and deep and blowing snow interfere with operations of third rail power, creating the potential to strand trains and customers. Service announcements on Tuesday service will be made before 4:30 a.m.

Metro-North Railroad: https://twitter.com/MetroNorth
Long Island Railroad: https://twitter.com/LIRR

Anti-freeze trains have been deployed throughout the systems to spray de-icer on the third rail along LIRR, where the rail is exposed, in an effort to prevent ice-build-up; non-passenger patrol trains will operate along the right-of-way to prevent snowdrifts from forming on the tracks. At stations, extra personnel have salted and cleared platforms of snow. Waiting rooms are being kept open around the clock on Long Island to provide shelter for customers and selected rooms are kept open at Metro-North stations. Scheduled maintenance work has been canceled during the storm.

Metro-North has approximately 1,500 personnel working specifically on storm preparation and response. Metro-North has more than 270 pieces of storm-fighting equipment on hand, including: 212 snowblowers, 35 pickup truck plows, 3 rail-bound jets, 767,000 pounds of salt.

LIRR has approximately 1,500 personnel working specifically on storm preparation and response and more than 400 pieces of equipment on hand, including: 362 snowblowers, 18 pickup truck plows, 22 front end loaders, 7 rail-bound jets, 800,000 pounds of salt.

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Service Diversions 03-10-17

I have just updated the Service Diversions for the upcoming weekend through the end of next week.

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