NY snowstorm: Planes, trains, automobile issues

A powerful nor’easter that is causing blizzard conditions is making it difficult to get around no matter what method you are trying to use.

In New York City the city sent out an alert warning about deteriorating conditions on roads.  It advised New Yorkers to refrain from unnecessary travel.  It is recommended to use mass transit where possible.

The MTA says that customers should expect delays and service changes on MTA train service systemwide in New York City. 


Underground subway service is running as normal, but there are some aboveground subway suspensions. A trains are not running between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel, while S shuttle trains are not running between Broad Channel and Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street.

The last stop on Far Rockaway-bound A trains will be Euclid Av or Rockaway Blvd.

Limited shuttle A trains are running between Far Rockaway-Mott Av and Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St.

Free shuttle buses are running between Beach 116 St/Mott Ave-Far Rockaway and Rockaway Blvd in both directions.

For service to/from the Rockaways, use Q52-Ltd, Q53-SBS buses or Q22 buses.

M train service is running between Myrtle Av and Middle Village-Metropolitan Av because of heavy snowfall., and M train service has been suspended between Myrtle Av and Delancey St-Essex St.

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MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels personnel have activated full inclement weather preparedness for all facilities within its service area.  

Bridges and Tunnels will be implementing a ban on empty tractor-trailers and tandem vehicles from 12:01 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bridges and Tunnels will also be closing its pedestrian walkways on the Henry Hudson Bridge, Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

The Bridge and Tunnels Operations Command Center Weather Desk will monitor the forecast and report on conditions throughout the storm. A 35-mph speed restriction on all MTA Bridges will be implemented once crews begin weather-fighting operations. 

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road has suspended service all day Saturday. Service will resume Sunday.

Metro-North Rail Road

Metro-North is operating on an hourly schedule on its Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines. Service has been suspended on the Danbury, New Canaan, and Waterbury lines.

West of Hudson service will operate on a normal weekend schedule. Previously scheduled track work on the Pascack Valley Line has been rescheduled for next Saturday, Feb. 5. Customers should anticipate scattered delays due to the weather.


The Port Authority reported a few delays at the airports but that might be because so many flights were canceled.  The website flight aware showed 368 cancellations at LaGuardia, 434 cancellations at JFK, and 329 cancellations at Newark-Liberty International.  Nationally, flight delays were in the thousands.


AirTrain service was suspended at Newark Liberty Airport.  Shuttle buses were running at all terminals and stations, according to the Port Authority.

NJ Transit

NJ Transit has temporarily suspended all bus, River LINE and Acccess Link services. Service is anticipated to resume later in the day Saturday, following an evaluation of the storm's impacts.

All NYC Ferry service was suspended until further notice.

New York and New Jersey had both issued State of Emergencies ahead of the storm and asked people to stay home to remain safe and give crews an easier time to clear roads.