MTA To Run Modified Schedule Tomorrow

The MTA has just announced that they will be running a modified schedule system wide. Here are the complete details:

The Metroppolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced tonight that it expects to run modified service Wednesday, January 22, as the region digs out from today’s heavy snowfall amid sub-freezing temperatures and strong winds. Service patterns will differ across the MTA network based on how the operating agencies were affected by the storm, which ranged from light snow in the lower Hudson Valley to large bands and heavy drifts on Long Island.

The New York City subway system expects to run close to normal service Wednesday, with express service restored during the morning rush hour as trains that were stored on express tracks begin to move.

New York City buses will run at 80% to 90% of normal levels, depending on customer demand. All articulated buses and most standard buses will have chains on their tires. Service is subject to change based on street conditions.

The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a Weekend Schedule, which provides approximately 60% to 65% of the trains available on a regular weekday. Metro-North Railroad will operate 80% to 85% of its normal weekday service with some trains will be combined and some delays possible based on the condition of track and power systems, the number of train cars available and the availability of crews.

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MTA Railroad Service Plan Info 01/21

With the snow storm upping its intensity after an early arrival, the MTA has decided to change its service plans for the Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North. Here are the details as of now:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that its railroads – Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road – are changing service after the evening rush hour tonight as snow accumulations make operating trains difficult. Reducing the number of trains is aimed at preventing trains from becoming stranded in accumulated snow, and to allow personnel to concentrate resources on trains that will continue to operate.

The LIRR will reduce service on a branch-by-branch basis after 8 p.m., consistent with its policy to curtail or suspend service if snow accumulations reach 10 to 13 inches. The forecasted heavy snowfall and high winds will generate snow drifts that could force some trains to suspend service short of their final destinations after 11 p.m. Customers who must travel should leave as early as possible and monitor www.mta.info for service status.

During rush hour, Metro-North is running a regular outbound evening rush hour schedule. Metro-North personnel will be counting the number of passengers aboard all outbound trains; if trains get too crowded, Metro-North is adding trains as needed.

After 8 p.m., service will be reduced. Specifics for each Metro-North line’s schedule are below.

New Haven Line:

After 8 p.m., 15 trains on the New Haven line, where the greatest snow accumulations are expected, will be combined or canceled.

Westbound Toward New York City:

Five express trains from New Haven will be combined with five local trains from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

• The 7:56 PM train from New Haven is combined with the 9:03 PM train from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

• The 8:49 PM train from New Haven is combined with the 10:03 PM train from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

• The 9:46 PM train from New Haven is combined with the 11:03 PM train from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

• The 10:46 PM train from New Haven is combined with the 12:03 AM train from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

• The 11:36 PM train from New Haven is combined with the 12:55 AM train from Stamford, making all local stops from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

Eastbound Departing Grand Central Terminal:

Three express trains to New Haven will be combined with three local trains to Stamford, making all local stops from Grand Central to New Haven. Other eastbound trains will be canceled as indicated below.

• The 8:03 PM train to New Haven is combined with the 8:06 PM train to New Haven.

• The 8:32 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 8:06 PM or 9:07 PM train to New Haven.

• The 9:09 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 8:39 PM or 9:39 PM trains to Stamford.

• The 9:34 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 9:07 PM or 10:07 PM trains to New Haven. Customers connecting to stations on the Danbury and Waterbury branches should take the 10:07 PM train from Grand Central, which will have a connection for Danbury at South Norwalk, and a connection for Waterbury at Bridgeport.

• The 10:09 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 9:39 PM or 10:39 PM trains to Stamford.

• The 10:31 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 10:07 PM or 11:22 PM trains to New Haven.

• The 11:09 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 10:39 PM or 11:39 PM trains to Stamford.

• The 12:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 12:09 AM train to Stamford, which will depart at 12:09 AM and make all local stops to New Haven.

• The 1:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:09 AM train to Stamford, which will depart at 1:09 AM and make all local stops to New Haven.

• The 1:47 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:53 AM train to Stamford, which will depart at 1:53 AM and make all local stops to New Haven.

Harlem Line:

Six express trains to or from Southeast will be combined with local trains to or from North White Plains, making all stops of each train. Two trains will be canceled.

Southbound:

• The 10:13 PM train from Southeast is combined with the 11:06 PM train from North White Plains, making all local stops from Southeast to Fordham, then Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal.

• The 11:13 PM train from Southeast is combined with the 12:06 AM train from North White Plains, making all local stops from Southeast to Fordham, then Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal.

Northbound:

• The 9:22 PM train to Southeast is canceled. Customers may take the 8:52 PM or 10:00 PM trains to Southeast.

• The 9:52 PM train to Southeast is combined with the 10:00 PM train to North White Plains, which will depart at 10:00 PM and make stops at Fordham, Mount Vernon West, and then all stops to Southeast. This train will have a connection to Wassaic at Southeast.

• The 10:22 PM train to Southeast is canceled. Customers may take the 10:00 PM or 11:13 PM trains to Southeast.

• The 11:04 PM train to Southeast is combined with the 11:13 PM train to North White Plains, which will depart at 11:13 PM and make stops at Fordham, Mount Vernon West, and then all stops to Southeast.

• The 12:04 AM train to Southeast is combined with the 12:30 AM train to North White Plains, which will depart at 12:30 AM and make all local stops from Fordham to Southeast. This train will have a connection to Dover Plains at Southeast.

• The 1:04 AM train to Southeast is combined with the 1:16 AM train to North White Plains, which will depart at 1:16 AM and make all local stops from Fordham to Southeast.

Hudson Line:

There are no changes to the southbound Hudson Line schedule. In the northbound direction, three express or semi-express trains will be combined with local trains, and will make all stops of each of the combined trains. One northbound train will be canceled. Details follow:

• The 8:33 PM semi-express train to Croton-Harmon is combined with the 8:37 PM local train to Greystone, which will make all stops to Croton-Harmon.

• The 9:13 PM express train to Croton-Harmon is canceled. Customers may use the 9:20 PM local train to Croton-Harmon.

• The 9:47 PM train to Poughkeepsie is combined with the 9:50 PM train to Croton-Harmon, which will continue on to Poughkeepsie and make the stops of both trains.

• The 10:47 PM train to Poughkeepsie is combined with the 10:51 PM train to Croton-Harmon, which will continue on to Poughkeepsie and make the stops of both trains.

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FASTRACK On Queens Blvd Canceled

Due to the winter storm & freezing conditions that will take over the region for the next few days, MTA NYC Transit has decided to cancel the rest of FASTRACK that was scheduled to occur this week along Queens Blvd. Here is more:

The New York City Metropolitan area is seeing snow accumulations and freezing conditions that are expected to continue through Wednesday morning. As a result, FASTRACK on the EFMR Queens Blvd. Line has been canceled for the remainder of the week. This will free up personnel for snow fighting and cleanup after the storm.

Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the 234 Eastern Parkway Line, between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Franklin Av beginning Monday night, January 27 and ending early Friday morning, January 31.

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FASTRACK Returns To Queens Blvd

Once again MTA NYC Transit’s FASTRACK program will be returning to the Queens Blvd corridor. Here is more on the service changes for the E Train, F Train, M Train & R Train:

On Monday, January 20, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the E F M R lines in Manhattan and Queens. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, January 20 to early Friday morning, January 24, E service will be suspended between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center. F service will be suspended between Roosevelt Av and 21 St-Queensbridge. M service will end early between 71 Av and Essex St each night. R service will end early between 71 Av and Whitehall St each night.

Travel alternatives:

• Take the 7 between Manhattan and 74 St/Roosevelt Av or Queensboro Plaza.

• Take the N between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza.

• In Manhattan, transfer at 5 Av/42 St-Bryant Pk 7 D F, Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority 7 A, and 34 St-Herald Sq D F N.

• Take the R between Queens Plaza and 71 Av. When R service ends, E trains run local between Queens Plaza and 71 Av until 10 PM. After 10 PM, take the E Local between Roosevelt Av and 71 Av.

• In Manhattan along 8 Avenue, take the A Local or C instead of the E.

• Along 53 St, use the D or nearby 6 and N stations instead.

• Free shuttle buses run local between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Roosevelt Av making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd, and 65 St.

• In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74 St-Roosevelt Av 7 E F or Queensboro Plaza 7 N.

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Service Diversions 01-16-14

Get a head start on your weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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