MTA Prepares for Winter Storms

With the forecast of this season's first winter storm, MTA agencies are following well-established plans designed to keep the MTA region's transportation services operating smoothly. The timely deployment of personnel and equipment is key to maintaining service, but we have also created a Winter Weather Travel Guide aimed at keeping customers of all MTA services -; New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and Bridge & Tunnels—in the know.

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“This can be an especially challenging time of year to operate mass transit services but we are continually reviewing our plans, maintaining our equipment and assessing the forecast,” said MTA Chairman & CEO Joseph J. Lhota. “Our customers depend on us to provide them with the service they need and if we must deviate in any way from what they expect, then they also depend upon us to keep them informed.”

Depending on the severity of the weather, some subway lines may end earlier or run local service only, to allow for trains to be stored underground. Bus service may be curtailed, on a route by route basis depending on road conditions. Similarly, Access-A-Ride service could be temporarily reduced or suspended

Both Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad may suspend service during significant snowfall events to clear tracks and to avoid stranding trains. During periods of freezing rain or icing, Staten Island Railway may suspend express service. While Bridge and Tunnel facilities may enact speed restrictions on ramps, roadways and in toll plazas, or close lanes.

Customers should avoid running on wet stairs or platforms, and be careful boarding and alighting buses and trains. Motorists should obey all posted driving restrictions at bridges and tunnels. The Winter Weather Travel Guide is posted throughout the system and it lets MTA customers know just what to expect from their subway, bus, paratransit or commuter rail service should the weather turn nasty.