MTA Service Remains Nearly Normal Throughout Storm
The snowstorm of Wednesday, February 10, dumped up to 10 inches of snow around the region and threatened to curtail MTA service. But MTA employees prevented the storm from having major impacts on service by who plowing, salting, sanding, shoveling, and de-icing the MTA's network of rails, stations, bridges and tunnels, as well as the roadways used by the MTA's buses.
"I want to thank all the hard-working men and women of the MTA who went into the cold wind, snow and ice yesterday in order to ensure that our customers could continue to get where they needed to go on time and in as much comfort as possible," said Jay H. Walder, Chairman and CEO of the MTA. "The fact that the MTA was able to offer near normal service through a snowstorm of this magnitude is a testament to their dedication."
Behind the scenes, MTA employees chained the tires of buses and moved subway trains into storage out of the reach of snow and ice. Others created special railroad service plans to accommodate ridership that was lower than on a normal day overall but higher during the early afternoon. Railroad employees distributed special schedules and informed the public of schedule changes via the website, text messages, email alerts, audio announcements and electronic signs.
Of course, the weather did have some impacts on service. Some bus service had to be curtailed because of adverse weather conditions. As a result, limited-stop service was suspended for the day in most parts of the region. Impacts to the MTA's bridges and tunnels included high wind advisories on the Throgs Neck Bridge and Bronx-Whitestone Bridge that required motorists to travel at slower speeds, and the temporary closure of the Lower Level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. However, bridge and tunnel staff reported that traffic was much lighter than usual and flowed freely throughout most of the day at all nine crossings.