Despite the terrible weather, MTA slogs through

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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MTA snow operations on Thu., February 18, 2021. Metro-North at Harlem-125 St. Conductor (Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)

Ed. Note: We've been covering the impact of the U.S. weather on Class 1s this week, and thought you might enjoy this coverage on how MTA is fighting through the snow, delivering service to those who must travel. We encourage you to click on the "availalbe here" MTA link below for a series of photographs that really bring home the impact of the storm on MTA workers, as well as rail workers around the country. DCL

MTA ridership was lighter than usual today as customers heeded the Authority’s advice to avoid traveling if possible due to the winter storm. For those who did need to use the system, the MTA took a range of measures to deliver safe service on itsbridges, tunnels, buses, subways, and railroads, including de-icing in stations and on bridge and tunnel roadways.  A photo gallery featuring images of MTA personnel working to keep the system safe is available here.

Current service impacts are as follows:

Bridges and Tunnels
MTA bridges and tunnels are open with a 35-MPH speed restriction, and all pedestrian walkways are closed.

Buses
Articulated buses are not running, and all standard 40-foot buses have tire chains on.  A reduced schedule with 75% service is in effect.  All scheduled trips are being provided on paratransit.

Subways
NYC Transit will move trains from outdoor yards to underground express tracks for storage after the PM rush, so all service will be local-only for several hours this evening.  A normal morning rush with full express service is expected.  Transit personnel are also actively inspecting and removing snow from debris-catching nets under elevated structures, to prevent snow from accumulating on them.

Realtime service related information is available throughout the evening on the MYmta app and on the following twitter accounts: @LIRR, @MetroNorth, @NYCTSubway, and @NYCTbus.

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