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Schedules Modified, Train Runs Canceled Ahead Of Nor'easter

March 20, 2018 - 6:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Commuters may have to make alternate plans Wednesday as a nor’easter bears down on the area – threatening to bring 12 to 15 inches of snow to New York City and even more to some areas.

The Metro-North Railroad said it would operate a reduced weekday schedule with more combined and canceled trains during peak periods.

In the evening, the Metro-North plans to reduce its service to hourly to ensure customer safety. Anyone who cannot postpone travel until after the storm is advised to leave as early as possible in the afternoon and leave extra time to reach their destination.

Customers are advised to anticipate delays due to the effects of the winter storm throughout the Metro-North service territory.

If storm conditions get worse during the day and make it so Metro-North cannot operate trains safely, service may be suspended with little advance notice, the railroad warned.

“Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly during the day, making travel extremely difficult or even impossible. Please travel only if necessary,” the Metro-North said.

NJ TRANSIT said it is implementing its severe weather schedule Level 1 for its rail system on Wednesday. Cross honoring will be in effect for Wednesday on NJ TRANSIT buses, private bus carriers, rail, light rail, and the PATH Train at Newark, Hoboken, and 33rd Street in Manhattan.

A severe weather rail schedule is a limited weekday rail schedule used during weather events and other emergency situations. The schedules were created last year for customers to clearly identify their travel options.

NJ TRANSIT Access Link service will be suspended statewide Wednesday.

Bus and light rail services are expected to operate on regular weekday schedules as long as weather conditions permit, but light rail cancellations are possible.

But given how severe conditions would become and the possibility of local or county travel bans, NJ TRANSIT warned that there is a potential for al bus service – including bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, could be suspended altogether before the start of the afternoon rush hour.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer told WCBS 880 earlier Tuesday that a decision will be made on how Bee Line bus service will be handled as the storm comes in and the severity level becomes clear.

The Long Island Rail Road did not immediately announce any storm contingency plans Tuesday evening. There were no special alerts posted for the New York City subway service.

For longer-haul travel, Amtrak has canceled numerous train runs Wednesday on the Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service from Washington, D.C. to New York and Boston; the Capitol Limited Service from Chicago to Washington, D.C.; the Crescent Service from New York to New Orleans; the Empire Service from New York to Albany; the Keystone Service from Harrisburg to New York; the Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Silver Star Service from New York to Miami; the Pennsylvanian Service from New York to Pittsburgh; and the Vermonter Service from St. Albans, Vermont to Washington, D.C.

Service is also being modified on several runs, with rains in many cases not making it to New York Penn Station.