MTA Storm Preparations

In preparation for the possibility of heavy rains and high winds this weekend, the MTA is making the following preparations:

We are making arrangements to bring in extra personnel, preparing our facilities and infrastructure by clearing drains, securing work sites against possible high winds, checking and fueling equipment, stocking supplies, and establishing plans to move equipment and supplies away from low-lying areas as needed. Unnecessary construction may be cancelled.

Maintenance of way crews are ready to respond throughout the MTA service territory to remove fallen trees across tracks and electrical workers are ready with specialized equipment to respond to fallen overhead power lines. Some specific actions include:

  • New York City Transit has prepped and manned its three pump trains;
  • Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road will have extra supervisory personnel at key locations and additional personnel to clear fallen trees and any downed wires from the high winds;
  • Bridges and Tunnels has secured all construction work sites and non-essential construction work may be cancelled.

Because of the possible severity of the wind and rain, we urge our customers to check frequently and consider the impacts of this storm when making travel plans through the evening.