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MTA Transportation Network Proves Resilient Through Storm and Is Ready to Get Riders Home in PM Rush

Updated February 13, 2024 3:45 p.m.
MTA Transportation Network Proves Resilient Through Storm

New York City Transit, LIRR, Paratransit Operating Normally

Metro-North Operating on a Modified Schedule

View Photos of Storm Response Throughout the System

View Video of Storm Response at Metro-North Yonkers Station


With more than a foot of snow falling in the region served by Metro-North Railroad and snowfall in New York City and on Long Island, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees have been deployed throughout the operating region spreading salt and clearing surfaces of snow, keeping signals, switches, and third rails operating, and attending to any weather-related challenges to keep customers and employees safe while delivering as much service as possible.


Crews will continue to address any weather-related mechanical and infrastructure issues overnight to ensure a normal morning commute.


New York City Subway  


While the underground portions of the subway system remain unaffected during snowstorms, there are nearly 220 miles of outdoor track throughout the boroughs. The Rockaway , Sea Beach , Flushing , Brighton  and Dyre Av  lines are particularly vulnerable to snow and freezing precipitation. To prevent subway trains from being blocked in yards and to ensure they could operate in the PM rush, they were moved and stored underground.   


Departments of Subways crewed four de-icer trains and two debris trains to ensure tracks are ready and clear for passenger service. Third rail heaters were activated due to the low temperatures, and staff salted, sanded, and cleared snow from elevated station platforms, exposed stairs, and subway entrances. 


Crews will continue to monitor switches and tracks to ensure they are working properly.


New York City Buses   

The Department of Buses coordinated with the New York City Department of Sanitation to deploy plows to remove snow and ice from streets where bus operators reported difficult conditions. The MTA is operating snowfighters to ensure bus routes remain passable in the PM rush hour.


Metro-North Railroad   


Metro-North is operating on a modified schedule with some changes to peak and branch line service. Customers are encouraged to check mta.info or the TrainTime app for more detailed information.


Long Island Rail Road  


Long Island Rail Road crews are out across the service territory working to keep trains moving throughout the PM rush, and crews will be working through the night, to ensure a normal rush hour tomorrow. De-icing trains are running to keep third rails clear of snow and ice, and crews are strategically positioned throughout the system helping to keep switches clear and operable.    




Access-A-Ride paratransit will continue to provide service. Customers may experience additional delays and wait times. 


Paratransit Command Center will be monitoring the storm to track and respond to any customer or day-of service issues. 


MTA Bridges and Tunnels    


MTA Bridges and Tunnels personnel will monitor temperatures throughout the region and continue to apply deicer to roadway surfaces, as well as keep an eye on bridge cables for potential falling ice conditions, during the PM rush hour and overnight. 


For More Information 


For details on service, customers should monitor mta.info, the TrainTime app, the MYmta app, and the MTA’s social media feeds.