Subways Experience Major Service Changes; Airports Still Closed
By: NY1 News
JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports remain closed at this hour due to the blizzard, and the Long Island Rail Road service suspended, but service has been restored on one A train that was stalled in Queens since 1 a.m.
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Getting around, out of and into the city remains difficult as there are major delays and cancellations on all forms of transportation. JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports remain closed at this hour due to the blizzard, Long Island Rail Road service is still suspended, but service has been restored on one A train that was stalled in Queens since 1 a.m.
New York City Transit spokesman Charles Seaton says that snow drifts and
ice on the third rail stalled trains at the Broad Channel and Aqueduct stops in Queens, north and south of JFK Airport.
NY1 art director Christopher Mullen was among those stranded and said a rescue train arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and got the train moving. He, and about a dozen others were without food, water or heat throughout the night.
Passengers on at least one bus on Staten Island became stranded after it got stuck in a snow drift.
“We’re running buses but there are dozens of buses still remain stuck in the snow that we are digging out,” said Charles Seaton of transit operations at NYC Transit. “The streets in some areas are impassible. It’s difficult to climb hills with buses. If you don’t have to go out, don’t.”
The weekend’s blizzard is playing havoc with transportation throughout New York City and beyond.
The storm forced JFK and Newark Airport to close down on Sunday, with no flights coming in or out. Early Monday morning, LaGuardia Airport was closed, as well.
The cancellations stranded scores of passengers who were trying to get out of town. The airports are scheduled to re-open at 4 p.m., although it’s unclear how soon flights will actually resume.
“I got there and they said, well the planes in but there’s no crew yet and that’s the mantra we heard ’til about 20 past to 2 or 3 o’clock,” said one passenger. “Now more than 20 hours later, I’m still here, and the mantra is, they’re coming.”
Many airlines have been waiving fees they normally charge for one-time changes in affected areas. Passengers are urged to check with their airline before heading out to the airport.
As of 10 a.m. Monday, Long Island Rail Road service was still suspended system-wide in both directions due to the blizzard. NYC Transit said it would honor LIRR tickets for subway service at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.
LIRR officials said the railroad would continue throughout the morning to operate equipment trains to clear snow from the tracks.
LIRR commuters are urged to check with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at mta.info for delays and cancellations.
Subways and buses were continuing to operate, but as of early Monday morning the MTA was reporting that service had been suspended on portions of the S, A, C, E, B, D, F, M, J, Z, N, Q and R lines. There were also service changes reported on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and L lines.
As of 11:30 a.m.:
The Downtown 1 is bypassing the Dyckman Street Station, the Uptown 2 is running express beteween East 180th Street Station and the Wakefield-241st Street Station.
Service on the 5 train is suspended between the East 180th Street Station and the Eastchester-Dyre Avenue Station.
Due to a mechanical problem, 7 train service is suspended between the Flushing-Main Street Station and the Times Square-42nd Street Station.
Service on the A train is suspended between Euclid Avenue Station and the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in both directions.
B train service is suspended between Bedford Park Boulevard Station and the Brighton Beach Station. Also, due to inclement weather, M train service is suspended between the Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue Station and the Forest Hills-71st Avenue Station.
Additionally, D train service is suspended between the 36th Street Station in Brooklyn and the Stillwell Avenue Station in both directions at thsi time.
G train service is suspended between the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station and the Church Avenue Station.
There is no J train service in both directions between Jamaica Center-Parsons Boulevard/Archer Avenue Station and the Broad Street Station.
L train service is suspended between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues Station and the Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Station.
There is no Q train service between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station and Dekalb Avenue Station in both directions at this time. There is also no N train service between the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and the 59th Street Station in both directions at this time.
Lastly, there is no Franklin S in both directions between the Franklin Avenue Station and the Prospect Park Station. There’s also no service on Rockaway Park shuttle between the Euclid Avenue Station and the Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street Station.
Commuters can get service updates from the MTA’s website at mta.info.
While there are still delays, service was restored just before 12:30 p.m. on all three Metro-North Railroad lines. There will be hourly service in both directions on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines using diesel equipment. All trains will make all local stops.
On city streets, meter rules were suspended on Sunday and alternate side of the street parking was suspended through Monday.
Recycling and trash collection was also been suspended citywide to facilitate the clearing of the streets.
Amtrak canceled all of Sunday’s train service between New York City and Boston and Portland, Maine. Normal service resumed Monday afternoon. Service between New York and Washington was unaffected.
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