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.

Stay tuned for the latest updates & make sure to check out my Twitter feed @TransitBlogger as I will be tweeting out the latest updates.

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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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MTA Presidents’ Day 2017 Service Plan Info

Here is the official MTA service plan info for Presidents’ Day 2017:

New York City Subways and Buses

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some planned subway service changes:

• 1 trains are suspended in both directions between South Ferry and 14 St, and between 137 St and Van Cortlandt-Park 242 St.

• 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

• 3 & 4 trains are suspended between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Take free shuttle buses instead.

• Queens-bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

• Manhattan-bound A & C trains run express from Euclid Av to Broadway Junction.

• D trains will not run between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. Also, F trains replace D service in Brooklyn between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

• F trains will not run between Lexington Av/63 St and Jay St-MetroTech. D trains will replace F service in Brooklyn between Jay St-MetroTech and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

• J trains are suspended in both directions between Broadway Junction and Jamaica Center. Take free shuttle buses and

• N service is rerouted via the R in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av.

Long Island Rail Road:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, the Long Island Rail Road will operate on a Holiday schedule with an extra westbound train departing Ronkonkoma at 7:10 a.m. and arriving at Penn Station at 8:31 a.m.

Off peak fares will be in effect all day.

Metro-North Railroad:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, MTA Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule.

The Hudson Rail Link, Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry will not operate.

The north end exits to Grand Central at 46th-47th-48th Streets will be closed.

Off-peak fares are in effect all day.

Staten Island Railway:

On Friday, February 17, the Staten Island Railway will operate on an early evening rush hour schedule beginning at 2:30 p.m. to help folks get a jump start on the long weekend. On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule.

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Metro North Harlem Line Changes

Just a few minutes ago, the MTA Metro North Railroad announced that riders on the northern portion of the Harlem line should anticipate cancellations & delays due to a disabled train north of Hawthorne that struck a tree on the tracks. Here are the official changes as of press time:

MTA Metro-North Railroad is advising northern Harlem Line customers to prepare for the possibility of delays and cancelations during this evening’s rush hour as crews attend to a disabled train north of Hawthorne. At 11:58 a.m., a southbound six-car train struck a tree that had fallen across the tracks during high winds this morning. As a result, the first set of wheels of the first car came off the track. There were no injuries.

Crews are working to re-rail that set of wheels and inspect and repair a stretch of about 100 feet of track that were damaged in the incident.

Metro-North expects to operate near normal service as far as North White Plains. North of North White Plains, the railroad anticipates train delays and cancelations. Southbound trains will bypass Hawthorne and Valhalla.

The service changes are taking place because the railroad will operate on reduced capacity because one of its two tracks between North White Plains and Mt. Kisco will remain out of service.

Harlem Line tickets are being cross honored on the Hudson & New Haven Lines.

Metro-North anticipates operating a regular Harlem Line schedule for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14.

Northbound Service Changes:

The 4:18 p.m. train to Southeast is cancelled and combined with the 4:21 p.m. train to Southeast, making all stops of both trains to Southeast.

The 4:35 p.m. train to Wassaic is cancelled and combined with the 4:41 p.m. train to Southeast, making all stops from Valhalla to Wassaic. Customers for White Plains and North White Plains must take the 4:44 p.m. train to North White Plains to avoid overcrowding.

The 6:13 p.m. train to Mount Kisco is cancelled and combined with the 6:29 p.m. train to Southeast, making all stops of both trains to Southeast. Customers for White Plains and North White Plains should take the 6:16 p.m. train to North White Plains to avoid overcrowding.

Southbound Service Changes:

Southbound, there will be no service from/to Hawthorne and Valhalla. Customers looking for southbound service from Hawthorne and Valhalla will need to go to Pleasantville or North White Plains for southbound train service. Customers traveling southbound from Southeast who need to travel to Hawthorne and Valhalla should travel to North White Plains to change to a northbound train to those stations.

The 6:42 p.m. train from Southeast is cancelled.

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Cuomo Budget Has $65M Cut To MTA Funds

In a Daily News Exclusive, the exclusive budget revealed by Gov. Cuomo last month includes a well hidden cut of $65M in funding to the MTA. Dan Rivoli has more:

The suffering subway, bus and rail system may have less money to move New Yorkers.

A line tucked deep in Gov. Cuomo’s executive budget from last month calls for a $65 million cut to a chunk of money the state gives to the MTA — down to $244 million from $309 million last year.

The 21% cut, if it survives the budget process, would hit the MTA at a time when commuters are fuming over frequent delays, spotty service, overcrowding and constant fare hikes.

“If Gov. Cuomo wants to take credit for opening the Second Ave. subway, he also has to take responsibility of the day-to-day operations in the rest of the subway system,” said John Raskin, director of the Riders Alliance.

Click here for the complete report.

Why am I not surprised that our elected officials once again are looking at ways to shortchange the MTA & the millions of riders who depend on it. I agree 100% with Riders Alliance director John Raskin in regards to Cuomo needing to take responsibility for the entire transit system. I wonder how his arm is feeling from all the patting on the back he gave himself over part of the Second Avenue Subway being opened.

The MTA needs to go on a legitimate PR campaign to clearly explain why a lot of their issues stem from funding issues caused by political mishandling compared to it being pure negligence which is what most riders assume the reason to be.

We shall see if Cuomo gets his way with this funding cut. Hopefully for the sake of millions, he does not as it is just not right!

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