LIRR Winter Storm Update

Here is the latest winter storm update for the Long Island Railroad (LIRR):

The LIRR will begin an orderly shutdown of train service beginning at 4 PM to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for Long Island and New York City.

The LIRR is currently experiencing systemwide delays as a result of winter weather conditions. On the Port Washington Branch, which operates along Long Island’s north shore, customers are advised to anticipate canceled trains while LIRR personnel work to clear snow from tracks and switches.

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Metro North Winter Storm Update

Here is the latest winter storm update for the Metro-North Railroad:

Metro-North will start to shut down train service this afternoon, Saturday January 23 until further notice so that all trains arrive at their destinations by 6:00 PM.

Due to the increased severity of the storm, Metro-North will start to shut down train service this afternoon, Saturday January 23 until further notice so that all trains arrive at their destinations by 6:00 PM. Please refer to the published timetables for Saturday scheduled service or the interactive schedule page.

The last trains that will operate are as follows:

Hudson Line:

From Poughkeepsie to Grand Central, the 2:50 PM train will make all stops to Grand Central.

From Croton Harmon to Grand Central, the 3PM train will make all stops to Grand Central.

From Grand Central to Poughkeepsie, the 4:20 PM train will make all stops to Poughkeepsie.

Harlem Line:

From Wassaic to Grand Central, the 2:27 PM train will make all stops to Grand Central, with a connection at Southeast.

From North White Plains to Grand Central, the 3:06 PM will make all stops to Grand Central.

From Grand Central to Wassaic, the 3:55 PM train will make all stops to Wassaic, with a connection at Southeast.

New Haven Line:

From New Haven to Grand Central, the 3:25 PM will make all stops to Grand Central.

From Stamford to Grand Central, the 4:02 PM train will make all stops to Grand Central.

From Grand Central to New Haven, the 4:02 PM train will make all stops to New Haven with connections at Stamford, South Norwalk and Bridgeport for service on the Branch Lines.

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Weekend Service Diversions Alert

As was expected, due to the upcoming storm all weekend work has been canceled. Only long term projects/closures will be in effect. Here is that info:

3 Train:

At all times until winter 2016, trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.
• For service to/from Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

• For service to/from Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station.

• Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

4 Train:

At all times until winter 2016, trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

A Train:

At all times until spring 2016, Brooklyn-bound trains skip 111 St and 80 St.

• For service to 111 St, take the train to 104 St and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound train or take the Q112 bus days and evenings. For service from this station, take the train to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound train.

• For service to 80 St, take the train to Grant Av and transfer to an Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound train. For service from this station, take the train to 88 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound train.

L Train:

At all times until February 2016, trains skip Atlantic Av in both directions. For service to/from this station, use free shuttle buses to/from the Broadway Junction station.

N Train

At all times until spring 2017, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound trains skip 86 St, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, 20 Av, 18 Av, New Utrecht Av, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Trains stop at Bay Pkwy and 8 Av.

• To 86 St, Avenue U, and Kings Hwy, take an Astoria-bound train to Bay Pkwy and transfer to a Coney Island-bound train.

• To 20 Av, 18 Av, New Utrecht Av, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy, take an Astoria-bound train to 8 Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound train.

• From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound train to Bay Pkwy or Stillwell Av and transfer to an Astoria-bound train.

• For New Utrecht Av-62 St, take the D. Transfer to an Astoria-bound N train at 36 St.

I will post updated diversions for next week either later today or by tomorrow the latest.

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Renewal Work To Continue At F Station

Station renewal work at the Ditmas Av F Train station will pick up again as of this Monday. Here are the complete details via the official press release:

Beginning 5 a.m., Monday, January 25, the southbound platform of the Ditmas Av F station on the Culver Line in Brooklyn will be closed at all hours as work continues on a station renewal project at the station. All southbound trains will bypass the station during this time.

The Ditmas Av station renewal project is part of a nine-station renewal/repair project on the Culver Line totaling $80.7 million. The work at Ditmas Av consists of critical repairs to the steel station structure and improvements to architectural treatments, including street and platform stairs, walls and floors; platform panel replacements; tactile warning strip installation; new artwork and windscreens; bird deterrent system installation; and new light fixtures. The station originally opened for service in 1919.

To accommodate customers who use the Ditmas Av station, the northbound platform will remain open during construction. Southbound customers traveling to the station can stay on the train to 18 Av and transfer to a northbound train to Ditmas Av.

Southbound service at Ditmas Av is expected to be restored in May 2016.

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MTA Bus Adds Additional Service To Q70

Earlier this morning, the MTA announced it will be adding additional service to the popular Q70 bus route that services LaGuardia Airport. Here is more via the official press release:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus Company is adding service to meet rising customer demand for the Q70 Limited bus that links LaGuardia Airport with regional transit hubs in Woodside and Jackson Heights. Starting in Spring 2016, the Q70 Limited will operate every 10 minutes around the clock, carrying travelers and airport workers between LaGuardia, the Long Island Rail Road and the EFMR and 7 subway trains.

“We always want to better serve our customers by strengthening service whenever we have sustainable resources to do so,” said Darryl Irick, Senior Vice President, MTA NYCT Department of Buses and President of MTA Bus Company. “This added service on a growing route will further enhance the fast and reliable bus connection between LaGuardia Airport and all parts of the City via the transit hubs in Queens.”

The Q70 Limited was designed to link the airport with regional transit lines 40% faster than earlier local bus routes. Travel times between Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport connecting at Woodside or Jackson Heights can be as fast as 35 minutes. This convenient option to and from the airport has seen ridership more than double, from 2,173 average weekday customers in September 2013 to 4,372 average weekday customers today.

MTA Bus Company is also actively working to bring Select Bus Service (SBS) to the Q70, which will allow faster boarding and more convenient service. SBS routes use off-board fare collection technology, which allows customers to enter and exit through any bus door once they have pre-paid their fare, eliminating the need for customers to pay at a single farebox. The MTA anticipates converting the route to SBS during 2016. SBS is already operating on the M60 bus connecting LaGuardia with 125th St. in Harlem, reducing travel times and improving service.

Initially, the Q70 Limited ran on a 12-minute frequency during most of the day, with 15-minute and 20-minute headways during early morning and late evening periods; and 30 minute headways during overnight periods. It currently runs every 12 minutes at all hours, but because of increasing ridership, buses will run every 8 minutes during midday and weekday p.m. peak hours. On weekends, buses will run every 10 minutes middays and p.m. hours.

The Q70 Limited serves the Woodside-61st Street LIRR and 7 subway station and the EFMR and 7 subway station at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av hub, then travels non-stop to and from LaGuardia Airport via the limited-access Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Grand Central Parkway. At the airport, the Q70 Limited serves all central airport terminals with the exception of the lightly-used Marine Air Terminal (Terminal A); customers can access this terminal to and from Jackson Heights via the Q47.

Direct connections with the LIRR at Woodside have provided access to the airport from the eight LIRR branches that previously have no access, making travel to the airport more convenient for LIRR customers as well as subway customers.

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