Mass transit nearly back on track for Wednesday commute

Transit alert from Eyewitness News

February 12, 2013 5:10:25 PM PST
Metro-North should operate at normal service on Wednesday, while the LIRR is still not running east of Speonk.

Subways are operating on a normal weekday schedule, as are local and express buses. Regular paratransit van and sedan service will be available, but because of road conditions, customers are advised to limit travel, if possible.

NYC Transit crews and snow fighting equipment worked all weekend to clear ice and snow from signals, switches track and other critical components. More than 1,000 employees cleared platforms and stairways of snow and ice. Salt spreaders and plows worked to clear roads around depots and along some bus routes.


MTA Long Island Rail Road will resume a normal weekday schedule today on all 11 branches, with the restoration of train service to Montauk and Greenport. The restoration made possible by successful snow clearing efforts by LIRR crews following Friday's storm that dumped up to 30 inches of snow across much of Eastern Long Island.

LIRR crews have been clearing snow, switches, checking signals and grade crossing equipment around the clock since the storm. Normal weekday service was restored Monday to nine of 11 LIRR branches.

All lines will resume a normal weekday schedule for Wednesday, February 13.

Bus Service:

All central and northern New Jersey bus service north of I-195 was restored as of 8 a.m. Saturday. This included all routes that serve the U.S. 9 corridor, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, as well as all northern local bus routes.

Customers should expect service delays and detours throughout the day due to local road conditions. As such, customers should afford themselves ample time to reach their final destinations.

Rail Service:

Service along the Morris & Essex and the Montclair lines resumed at noon Saturday. This included Midtown Direct service along the Morristown Line. Engineers have completed inspections and crews have restored power to overhead catenary wires and signal systems. As a result, service will be able to resume in a safe manner.

Customers are urged to visit ahead of any travel.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Amtrak resumed normal operations on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Boston, including the resumption of full Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Springfield Shuttle service following this weekend's severe winter storm.

Amtrak crews have been working around the clock to clear affected track of large amounts of snow, in excess of several feet in some cases. In addition, crews have removed downed trees and made all necessary repairs to allow for full restoration of service.

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