Just a few minutes ago, the MTA announced that the Metro-North will suspend service at approximately 10PM. Here are the details via the press release just sent out:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced tonight that because of the accelerating severity of the current storm as well as projections of heavy snowfall accumulations, Metro-North Railroad will suspend service starting at 10 p.m. to reduce the likelihood of stranding trains and to begin snow clearing operations. The Long Island Rail Road is monitoring snow conditions in its territory and service suspensions remain possible tonight. Tonight’s weather could also force the curtailment or suspension of some subway or bus service, although no major suspensions are currently anticipated. Customers are advised to limit travel or stay home if possible.
Below are the latest service details for MTA services:
New York City Subway:
There are currently no plans to suspend service on any of the subway lines that run overnight. Most express subway lines are operating with local service to allow underground train storage.
Beginning before midnight, 7 train service will be suspended from Times Square to Vernon-Jackson Avenues in order to allow crews to move trains to safe storage underground. 7 service in Queens will operate between Main Street and Queensboro Plaza, with a train shuttle between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon-Jackson Avenues.
Buses in New York City:
As ridership has decreased with inclement weather, frequency of service on many bus routes has been scaled back.
Because of the accelerating severity of the storm as well as projected snowfall accumulations of more than a foot, Metro-North Railroad will begin a suspension of train service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines at approximately 10 p.m. This service suspension will continue until further notice.
With the significant increase in snowfall and high winds, the risk of a train becoming disabled with customers on board also increases significantly. Therefore, it is important to stop service at this time to ensure customer safety and to allow Metro-North employees to conduct aggressive snow fighting operations to keep the right of way as clear as possible. Road conditions have also deteriorated, with many road closures in Metro-North’s service territory.
In addition, Grand Central Terminal will close after the last trains arrive, approximately midnight.
Long Island Rail Road:
The Long Island Rail Road is monitoring snow conditions in its territory and service suspensions remain possible tonight. Some branch line service suspensions remain possible if snow reaches between 10-13 inches.
Paratransit sedans were removed from service this evening. The only vehicles on the road will be Access-A-Ride vehicles equipped with chains. In addition, we are cancelled the No Show /Late Cancellation policy for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Intermodal Trip Planner (ITP – Feeder/Trip by Trip) for Saturday and Sunday. Customers are being contacted in advance of pick-up to ensure the trips are still desired.
I will post as I receive any info from them.
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