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Keeping Service Moving During the Snowstorm

As another snowstorm bears down on the metropolitan area, the MTA's agencies will continue to work diligently to provide safe, reliable service throughout the entire transportation network. During inclement weather, especially snow storms, NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, MTA Bus, Long Island Bus and MTA Bridges &Tunnels will work even harder to ensure riders get to where they need to go.

"We will work hard to keep our services up and running so that our customers can get to where they need to be no matter what the weather may bring," said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. "We have a tremendous investment in machinery, manpower and experience so that customer confidence remains high in our ability to transport them safely." (View the full release)

MTA New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad maintain a fleet of snow and ice-busting equipment designed to keep outdoor tracks, third rails and catenary wires clear of snow and ice during harsh winter weather. The fleet includes super-powered snow throwers, jet-powered snow-blowers, de-icing cars, and pilot trains equipped with plows, all designed to keep service moving. This equipment provides the ability to run trains more often, which also serves as a way to keep tracks clear of snow.

Track switches will be treated with ethylene/propylene glycol (anti-freeze), and switch heaters will be turned on during the storm to keep switches moving freely so we can continue to route trains from one track to another.

Outdoor steps at all subway and commuter rail stations will be shoveled and salted along with the outdoor platforms. Bridges &Tunnels will roll out its 96- truck fleet that includes 30 new trucks equipped with ground temperature sensors that can tell operators which roadway areas need deicing and exactly how much to put down to ensure an even application. The material used to melt snow and ice is an anti-corrosive deicer with an additive that inhibits corrosion of structural steel on the agency's bridges.

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