Subway service will be suspended for Hurricane Sandy
In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that subway, bus and commuter railroad service will be suspended the evening of Sunday, October 28th. The New York City subway system will begin to curtail service after 7 p.m., and the New York City bus system within the following two hours. Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will start their final trains by 7 p.m. Subway and railway stations will be closed after the last trains.
The duration of the service suspension is unknown, and there is no timetable for restoration. Service will be restored only when it is safe to do so, after careful inspections of all equipment and tracks.
Click here to read the latest subway updates from NYC Transit.
PATH service also will be suspended starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 29th. Visit the Port Authority's PATH information here.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has mandated evacuation of the city's Zone A areas, and ordered that all of the city's public schools be closed on Monday.
Low-lying areas Zone A include: Battery Park City and stretches of the West Side waterfront and of the Lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan;almost all the coastal areas of Staten Island; areas along the East River in Brooklyn; Coney Island; Manhattan Beach; Red Hook; all of the Rockaways; and other areas. Search for your address using the city's zone finder here.
Click here for a PDF map showing Zone A areas.
"If you do live in Zone A, your first option should be to seek shelter in the homes of family or friends in the city outside of Zone A during the storm," said Bloomberg in a Sunday afternoon press conference. "We've also opened 72 evacuation centers in public schools around the city. If you live in Zone A and do not have a safe place to stay with friends or family out of Zone A, these shelters provide a place to sleep and meals, and there will be room for your pets, so take your pets along.
"If you require further information, you can call 311, or visit the Office of Emergency Management website, or the website of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, which will also provide information about accessible transportation."
The National Hurricane Center said Sunday that Sandy was expected to bring storm surges and moderate-to-severe flooding to the mid-Atlantic coast, including New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. The center said winds were expected to be near hurricane force near landfall. The heaviest rain is expected to develop Monday evening, and continue through Tuesday morning, meteorologists say.
Visit the NYC Office of Emergency Management website for more information and the latest forecast details: www.nyc.gov/html/oem.
The Citys Severe Weather website also will continually update forecasts and post other emergency updates: www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/nycsevereweather/weather_home.shtml