Metro North To Run Reduced Schedule Tomorrow

Due to the upcoming storm that is expected to dump 10-14 inches in the northern suburbs, the MTA Metro-North Railroad has decided to run a reduced schedule for tomorrow. Here are the details:

MTA Metro-North Railroad will operate a reduced schedule on Thursday on all three lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven, as the latest snow storm arrives in the metropolitan area. Accumulations throughout the day are expected to reach 10-to-14 inches in the northern suburbs and slightly less along the Long Island Sound.

The plan will accommodate 75% of normal weekday ridership. Some local and express trains will be combined and will make additional stops. Consolidated trains will depart at the later of the two times so no one will “just miss” the train.

The trains to be combined were chosen to minimize customer impacts and to arrive within 10-15 minutes of their normal time. The schedule is available at MTA.info.

To prepare for the storm, Metro-North has called in hundreds of extra personnel to salt platforms and clear them as snow begins to accumulate at the railroad’s 122 stations. Switch heaters have been activated to ensure switches continue to function despite cold temperatures and icing. Patrol trains will operate throughout the night to knock snow off the rails and third rail and to keep ice from accumulating on the overhead catenary wire on the New Haven Line.

Snow fighting equipment has been fueled and tuned: five cold air blowers, three hot air jets and two snow brooms. Metro-North trains are equipped with special third-rail shoes designed to shed snow and ice. Crews are armed with chainsaws to clear fallen trees that could block trains. The railroad has treated door panels with anti-freeze agents and pre-positioned rail-mounted snow fighting equipment to combat snow accumulation along the tracks.

During the storm, rescue engines will be manned and positioned at all yards, including Bridgeport, in case a passenger train becomes disabled and need a tow. There will be mechanics positioned at Pelham in case there are problems with the pantographs, the arm-like appendage at the top of New Haven Line trains that draw power from the overhead catenary wires.

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MTA Identifies Bus Driver Killed Today

Unfortunately tragedy struck the ranks of the MTA today as a NYC Transit bus driver was killed when his bus was struck by a stolen truck. Here is more:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has identified the bus operator killed this morning when his bus was struck by a stolen truck at the corner of 14th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.

William Pena, 49, of Hillside, N.J., a 17-year veteran of MTA New York City Transit, was driving articulated bus 5299 east on route M14D when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene soon after the collision, which is under investigation by the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney.

“The entire MTA mourns the tragic loss of Mr. Pena, especially his colleagues at the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot in Manhattan,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pena’s family, and we are working closely with law enforcement to ensure the perpetrator of this crime is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The safety of our customers and our employees remains our most important priority.”

Mr. Pena was the first MTA bus operator killed in a collision in more than 14 years. He is survived by his wife and his teenaged daughter.

Let me first offer my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Mr. William Pena. It is always hard to deal with the loss of a MTA employee, especially one who lost their life just doing their job.

I hope the person responsible for this death is punished to & beyond the fullest extent of the law as anything less would be an injustice to the William & his loved ones.

Once again R.I.P. William Pena!

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MTA Presidents’ Day 2014 Service Plan

With Presidents’ Day 2014 a few short days away, the MTA has released their service plan info. Here is the scoop:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) trains and buses will operate on special schedules in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday.

New York City Subways and Buses:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some planned service changes:

• 4 trains are not running. Customer can use 5 service in Brooklyn and Manhattan and D service and shuttle buses in the Bronx.

• The 5 train is extended to Utica Av/New Lots Av replacing 4 service.

• 7 weekend work is extended through Monday; 7 trains operate only between Times Square and Mets-Willets Point.

• A weekend work is extended through Monday; A trains operate in two sections – 207 St to Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av to Lefferts Blvd/Far Rockaway. Shuttle buses between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av.

• Other weekend track work diversions will extend through Monday. Details will be posted at www.mta.info.

As a reminder, on a Saturday schedule, these subway changes are in place:

• There is no express service on the 6 or 7

• The B train does not operate; use the A, C, D or Q instead.

• M trains operate only between Myrtle Avenue (Broadway), Brooklyn, and Metropolitan Avenue, Queens.

• The Z train does not operate; use the J, which runs between Jamaica Center and Chambers Street.

Long Island Rail Road:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, MTA Long Island Rail Road will operate on a holiday schedule with one extra westbound morning train being added on the Ronkonkoma Branch. The train will depart from Ronkonkoma 7:10 a.m. and make all local stops to Hicksville, then stop at Jamaica and Woodside before arriving at Penn Station at 8:28 a.m.

Because trains will operate on a holiday schedule, there will be no service on the West Hempstead Branch, nor east of Ronkonkoma. Off peak fares will be in effect all day.

Regularly scheduled eastbound and westbound trains will have added cars to accommodate additional passengers.

Metro-North Railroad:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, MTA Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hudson Rail Link, the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry, will not operate. The north end exits to Grand Central at 46th-48th Streets will be closed.

Staten Island Railway:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, MTA Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no early Get Away schedule for the Friday before the holiday weekend.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels:

On Friday, February 14, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine construction at 1 p.m. to ease travel for motorists who may be heading home early in anticipation of the three-day holiday weekend.

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