MTA Weathers the Storm
Snow-fighting equipment was put into service to keep rails free of ice and snow, and bus tires were chained for additional traction. Snow Plows and Salters worked hard throughout the day to keep bridges and tunnels free of ice and snow.
We are operating normal weekend service, but customers should continue to monitor Service Status updates at mta.info and utilize the MTA's new Winter Weather Guide that explains possible service adjustments for all MTA agencies during inclement weather.
NYC Transit Subways and Buses
Most weekend work has been canceled, however, the critical capital work being performed in the Steinway Tube is continuing as planned, so No.7 line riders should be mindful that planned service diversions remain in effect, meaning that N and Q line service is the best way to travel from Queensboro Plaza to Manhattan and shuttle bus service will be making the connection between Vernon-Jackson and Hunters Point Ave. stations and Queensboro Plaza.
The subway system's fleet of snow fighting equipment was utilized throughout the day to keep the rails free of snow and ice at locations historically vulnerable to heavy snowfall. Crews were out all day clearing snow from platforms. We deployed a combination of chained standard and articulated buses while substituting articulated with standard buses where appropriate.
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad
The railroads activated switch heaters, treated switches and third rails with anti-freeze agents and had personnel stationed at key locations. Crews were dispatched to stations and to clear platforms and stairways. The railroads also operated electric trains equipped with special scraper shoes to help reduce icing on the third rail and ensure that electric trains could draw their power properly.
Access-A-Ride customers may still experience additional travel and wait time. Depending on road conditions, customers may want to reconsider travel, unless medically necessary.
Bridges and Tunnels
MTA Bridges and Tunnels are all operating normally, but motorists are advised to drive carefully and at posted speed limits. MTA Bridges and Tunnels uses a system of technologically-advanced weather sensors to help keep motorists safe. All seven MTA bridges use small, rocket-like atmospheric weather sensors that deliver highly-accurate weather information, including wind velocity, wind direction, humidity and precipitation, via wireless communication. Other sensors are embedded in the roadway and on the snow-fighting trucks to monitor icing conditions on the roadways.
We urge all of our customers to take extra care when traveling. Stay clear of the platform edges, use handrails on staircases and walk carefully when entering or exiting stations and boarding or leaving trains and buses. Please allow extra time for travel.