STORM: MTA Shutting Down Above-Ground Subway; NJ Transit Halting Bus Service


Mass transit agencies in the New York area are taking steps to prepare ahead of the winter storm expected Monday night into Tuesday.

– The MTA said all subway service above ground will be suspended at 4 a.m. Tuesday
– Expect the LIRR and metro north to be significantly impacted. Final decision on service will be made by the MTA by 4:30 a.m.
– Underground subway service is expected to continue to run
– Buses will run in the morning but could be suspended based on deteriorating road conditions

Other MTA details:

The MTA said it will follow its established plans to keep the region’s transit services up and running during harsh winter weather conditions.
— Based on storm severity, MTA may modify or suspend revenue rail services to protect equipment and reduce weather-related rail accidents.
— MTA bus operations will take actions to reduce the likelihood of stranded buses and passengers and weather-related accidents based on specified triggers.
— During inclement weather conditions, MTA Paratransit will take certain actions to prevent stranded passengers and vehicles, and reduce the likelihood of weather-related accidents.
— Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad base decisions to activate contingency operations on actual and forecast conditions including snow accumulations, icing, and winds.
— Prior to snow events, extra managerial staff are deployed to B&T facilities and the Command Center activates its weather desk to monitor weather conditions on a continual basis.
— Check for the very latest information before you go.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it is making extensive preparations at all of its facilities, with the following equipment and supplies available:

— Hundreds of pieces of snow equipment at the airports, including melters able to liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph, and dozens of pieces of snow equipment at PA bridges and tunnels;
— Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads, parking lots, bridges and tunnels;
— Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid chemicals at the airports to prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways; thousands of tons of solid de-icers that break up snow and ice already on the ground;
— Plow-equipped trains and snow-melting materials to clear the agency’s PATH station tracks and facilities.


Bus Operations
— All Bus and Access Link service will begin shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Customers should expect those services to remain suspended for the duration of Tuesday’s service day. Service is anticipated to resume on Wednesday as weather and road conditions allow.

Rail Operations
— All but one rail line will operate on a weekend schedule on Tuesday for as long as weather conditions allow trains to operate safely.
— Customers should be aware that weekend rail service does not extend west of Raritan on the Raritan Valley Line, west of Dover on the M&E Line or west of Bay Street on the Montclair-Boonton Line.
— The Atlantic City Rail Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
— Pascack Valley Line trains will add Teterboro and Woodcliff Lakes stops and Train 2125 will operate as a local making all station stops.
— Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule with the addition of service, operating every 20 minutes, between Tonnelle Ave. and Hoboken Terminal. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. RiverLINE service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Light Rail Operations
— Snowplows are ready to clear station platforms and park/ride lots.
— All switch heaters have been tested.

Stations and Terminals
— All rail stations equipped with heaters have been inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order.
— All public address systems at rail stations and bus terminals have been inspected.

Travel Advice:
— Before starting your trip, visit the Travel Alerts page at for up-to-the-minute service information. –This information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
— Customers are encouraged to sign up for the My Transit alert system on, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone.
— Allow extra time getting to and from your destination. Use extreme caution when walking on exposed sidewalks or station platforms and when boarding trains and buses.
— Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ TRANSIT staff.
— Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.

(Source: WABC)