Personnel have been deployed to help keep bus stops clear of ice and snow and manpower and equipment have been strategically placed to respond to any problems buses may encounter on the road. Some bus models are equipped with chains and special attention is paid to hilly routes which could pose problems.
Earlier today, Long Island Rail Road urged customers in New York City to leave for eastbound trips in the early afternoon, before the brunt of the forecast snowstorm begins to hit the region.
The LIRR will suspend service if snow accumulations reach between 10-13 inches. Crews will be out in force to clear tracks and the third rail used to power electric trains.
Extra Metro North trains were made available during the early afternoon to help customers return home before the brunt of the storm.
The predicted severity of the winter storm will require Metro-North to further change its scheduled service. Between 8 PM and 1 AM, Metro-North expects to operate limited service as follows: On the New Haven Line and Harlem Line, there will be half-hourly service out of Grand Central and hourly service toward Grand Central. On the Hudson Line, there will be hourly service in both directions. As the evening progresses, train service may be suspended, depending upon weather conditions, to prevent trains from becoming stranded during the storm.
Several major long-haul bus carriers already have ceased operations from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to points north of New York City. Travelers are strongly urged to check with their bus carriers before heading to the terminal this evening and tomorrow.
PATH service is operating normally and has extra trains on standby to provide additional service for customers who leave work early today in advance of the storm.
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