Mass transit service springs to life after winter blast

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
NYC gearing up for storm
Dray Clark reports on New York City's preparations for the winter storm.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mass transit agencies are restoring service that was canceled or modified by the winter storm that walloped the New York area Tuesday.


- Above-ground subway service, which was suspended at 4 a.m., was restored at 6 p.m.

--Limited hourly Metro North service was restored at 6 p.m. on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven line. Full regular weekly service will resume Wednesday morning.

- LIRR operated on a normal schedule Tuesday, with delays and some cancellations during the height of the storm

--Local and express bus service is running, but limited service remains suspended

--Bridges and tunnels: Pedestrian walkways are closed. All bridges will close to trucks when sustained winds reach 50mph, and all traffic will be barred at 60mph

--Paratransit: Service has been suspended, except for extreme emergencies

-- Check for the very latest information before you go.

New Jersey Transit

NJ Transit anticipates increasing service levels across bus, rail, light rail and Access Link for Wednesday, but customers are strongly advised to check the status of the system on prior to travel.

Buses will resume regular service south of Route 195, while service north of Route 195 may experience delays and detours due to local road conditions.

Access Link will resume regular service in Region 3 (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and South Ocean) effective 4 a.m. on Wednesday. All other Access Link regions will resume service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Please note: Access Link will not provide transfer or certification trips on Wednesday.

Rail service will operate on a President's Day schedule on Wednesday. President's Day service is more robust than a weekend schedule, with additional service on some lines including service west of Dover on the M&E and west of Bay St. on the Montclair-Boonton Line. However, trains do not operate out of Jersey Avenue on the Northeast Corridor or west of Raritan and Lake Hopatcong.

The Atlantic City Rail Line will continue to operate on a regular weekday schedule. Metro-North west of Hudson service, operated by NJ TRANSIT, on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines will operate on a President's Day schedule.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and RiverLINE will all operate on regular weekday schedules.


Amtrak will operate a modified schedule in the Northeast region on Wednesday, March 15 due to a winter storm. Passengers holding reservations are strongly encouraged to monitor conditions and make any necessary changes in advance of their scheduled departure using or our mobile apps to check their train status.

The Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operated a modified schedule between New York City and Boston, with some trains truncated or cancelled.

The Acela Express and Northeast Regional service that operates between New York City and Washington, D.C., will continue to operate on a modified schedule with some trains truncated or cancelled, including some trains that operate in Virginia.

The Vermonter, Keystone Service, and Empire Service will also run on a modified schedule with some trains truncated or cancelled.

The Downeaster and Springfield Shuttle will resume scheduled service.

All long distance trains that normally travel to and from the Northeast Corridor will resume scheduled service.

Passengers should allow extra time to get to the station and be extremely careful with possible slippery conditions in stations, on platforms and in the doorways of trains. Changes to these schedules or announcements about other service changes will be made as far in advance as possible and posted on our Service Alerts and Notices page at Short-notice alerts are also displayed at the top of the homepage.


NICE Buses are running in Nassau, but passengers are advised to expect delays


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.

Bee-Line Bus Service

Bee-Line Bus services will resume service on Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. For further information about services, visit or call the Bee-Line at (914) 813-7777.

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