The “unpredictable” snowstorm set to pummel the Big Apple will reduce bus and Long Island Rail Road services and could cause subway delays as it picks up steam, transit officials warned Sunday.
MTA Chief Operating Officer Mario Peloquin said agency workers are “doing everything they can” to gear up for the storm, which is expected to start Sunday afternoon and continue through Tuesday.
“There’s a little unpredictability in the winds and snowfall rates,” Peloquin said at a press conference. “We expect the worse of the storm as far as precipitation to be tomorrow after the rush hour, so all our teams are prepared to deal with that as the time comes closer.”
Transit officials said bus service will be reduced and that they are prepared to limit some subway lines, particularly with express service.
The agency said it also will extend the weekend schedule for the LIRR from midnight Sunday into Tuesday night. The only change at the moment to Metro-North, which is already on a reduced schedule because of COVID-19, is that its trains will stop running out of Grand Central Station at midnight Monday into Tuesday and then pick up again Tuesday morning.
“What’s interesting about this storm is that we really need to remain flexible,” said acting Executive Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow.
“Based upon the amount of forecast that we have coming, we have to look ahead at the areas that are getting snow earlier or the locations where we’re getting more. We may have to curtain some service in preparation because our goal is not to have one customer or one train stranded,” he said.
Transit officials said they have “contingencies on top of contingencies” to keep New Yorkers safe but urged them to stay home if possible.
“The overwhelming message is if people don’t have to go out, starting tonight and the next day and a half, please stay home, because things will be unpredictable with the storm that’s about to hit us,” Peloquin said.
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