SATURDAY, 5PM – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to be prepared to stop all service due to Hurricane Sandy, including on the Metro-North railroad line. However, no decision to end subway, bus and railroad service has been made yet.
According to the MTA, a decision on suspending service will not be made until Sunday, when the weather is supposed to start to show the impact of the storm. The MTA is now just making preparations for a possible suspension.
The MTA says that if the service is suspended, Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Railroad would suspend service at 7 p.m.on Sunday and some lines may be curtailed over a period of several hours leading up to that time. So people who rely on Metro North or on New York City buses or subway service should assume that it will not be available after 7 p.m.tomorrow.
The MTA’s hurricane plan is designed to secure equipment and protect employees before dangerous sustained winds of 39 mph or higher and storm surges of four to eight feet reach the area. Because this takes hours to do, it has to be done in anticipation of the storm’s arrival. To protect the equipment, thousands of rail cars, subway cars and buses must be pulled from service and stored safely.
More information will be available at mta.info and at thewestonforum.com.