MTA Storm Related Service Changes

Here is the latest storm related service changes courtesy of the MTA:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is announcing service changes related to the winter storm that is causing snow accumulations and high winds throughout the region. Details of each change are listed below. Schedule details will be posted on the mta.info website later this afternoon.

New York City Subway N Line Temporarily Suspended

MTA New York City Transit has temporarily suspended service on the N Sea Beach Line in Brooklyn south of 36 St. Southbound (Coney Island-bound) N trains will run via the D Line south of 36 St.

Service is suspended in order to dispatch snowblowers to remove accumulated snow and ice from the tracks and third rail. Once the snow is cleared from the southbound track, normal southbound service will resume and the snowblowers will head north to clear snow from the northbound track. Northbound (Manhattan-bound) N trains will then run on the D Line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St. NYCT hopes to resume normal service in time for the p.m. peak.

The N Sea Beach Line, along with other “open cut” outdoor lines, is more vulnerable to accumulating snow and ice. We are also closely monitoring conditions on the AS Rockaway, 7 Flushing, BQ Brighton, and 5 Dyre Av lines for potential suspensions for snow removal.

In addition, Bronx 6 Express subway service and Queens 7 Express subway service is suspended. All service on those lines will be local until further notice.

After tonight’s p.m. peak, subway trains will be moved and stored underground on express tracks and express service will be impacted on portions of certain lines into Friday. De-icers – retired subway cars modified with tanks and other specialized equipment to spray de-icing fluid on the third rail – are already in operation. Additionally, subway trains will be equipped with scraper shoes during overnight hours to keep ice off the third rail.

Metro-North Will Provide Hourly Service Beginning at 4 p.m.

MTA Metro-North Railroad will begin hourly service at 4 p.m. today due to higher-than-predicted snow accumulations of up to 18 inches in its service territory. Metro-North may need to further reduce or suspend service on some portions of its territory if conditions warrant.

Just a third of Metro-North Railroad customers took trains to New York this morning. The railroad’s service plan provides sufficient capacity to get everyone home. The current 75% reduced schedule remains in effect until 4 p.m. Changing weather conditions may lead to additional trains being combined.

Metro-North will rely heavily on its diesel fleet. Snow blowers and patrol trains are operating to clear the tracks, but higher-than-predicted rates of snowfall have the potential to affect service.

Long Island Rail Road Restoring Service Between Hicksville and Huntington and Adding Four Extra Trains

MTA Long Island Rail Road is restoring hourly service between Hicksville & Huntington and plans to run on two hour intervals between Huntington and Port Jeff. We continue to see higher accumulations on Huntington branch and may be cancelling Westbound service on Port Jeff branch for the PM to give us more flexibility for the Eastbound PM service on that branch.

The LIRR is adding four extra early-afternoon eastbound trains today starting with the 2:08 p.m. train from Penn Station to Huntington. The eight extra trains include three on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville and Huntington); and one each on the Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck) and the Far Rockaway Branch.

The LIRR provided a regular AM Peak schedule of trains this morning and plans to provide the regular complement of trains for the PM Peak as well, though customers should expect weather related delays and allow extra travel time. Here is the lineup of extra, early afternoon eastbound trains from Penn Station.

Babylon Branch – Three Trains:

• 2:33 p.m. will run express to Lynbrook then local to Babylon

• 3:01 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and then run local to Babylon

• 3:32 p.m. will run express to Rockville Centre then local to Babylon

Port Washington Branch – One Train

• 3:41 p.m. will stop at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, then all stops to Great Neck.

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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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