Monster Storm Cripples Rail Service, Cancels More Than 1,500 Flights

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A ferocious nor’easter unleashed violent winds and heavy rain on the region Friday, filling train station waiting halls with commuters anxious to get home, grounding airplanes and bringing traffic to a girding halt from Long Island to New Jersey.

More than 1,500 flights were canceled during Friday’s storm, and Amtrak canceled all trains on its vital northeastern corridor line from Boston to Washingtn D.C. Cargo trucks were restricted on nearly every bridge in the area, and the region’s three major commuter rails all saw crippling delays and service suspensions.

AMTRAK

Amtrak service has been severely impacted by the nor’easter, and the rail carrier said no trains are running along the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. and Boston, until Saturday.

“Despite our best effort to restore service between BOS and WAS today, we have determined at this time it is not safe to do so,” Amtrak said in a tweet about 4:45 p.m.

Amtrak Keystone Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has also been suspended until Saturday.

NJ Transit and PATH trains have been cross-honoring Amtrak tickets.

Check the latest Amtrak service alerts.

AIRPORTS

Service at the region’s major airports has been seriously impacted and travelers were being asked to contact their airline before leaving. More than 1,500 flights were canceled at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark airpiorts as violent winds continued to bear down.

All arrivals and departures are suspended out of LaGuardia Airport until further notice. More than 700 flights have been canceled, but the airport is open. Issues are expected to last into the evening.

The FAA has imposed a ground stop for domestic flights at John F. KennedyAirport because of strong winds. Other flights are arriving and departing, but nearly 400 flights were canceled and departure delays are approaching two hours.

500 flights at Newark were canceled and AirTrain service has been suspended and replaced by shuttle buses because of strong winds. The airport said arriving and departing flights are subject to extensive cancellations and delays.

Customers are urged to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

Check the latest Port Authority airport service alerts.

NJ TRANSIT

New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring passes system-wide on Friday and Saturday and PATH is accepting NJ Transit tickets and passes at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and NY 33rd St.

Train service in and out of Penn Station is subject to delays of up to 90 minutes because of an Amtrak overhead wire problem near Secaucus. Delays peaked at 2 hours during the evening rush.

There are system-wide delays of at least 20 minutes once trains make it into New Jersey.

Atlantic City Rail service is suspended in both directions between Philadelphia 30th Street and Cherry Hill due to an Amtrak signal problem.

Morris & Essex and Montclair Boonton service is subject to up to 2-hour delays in both directions due to weather related issues.

Check the latest NJ Transit service alerts.

LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma service is suspended in both directions because of a fallen PSEG utility pole across the tracks near Westbury until further notice. Customers are advised to use alternate branches such as Port Washington.

Additionally, West Hempstead service is suspended because of a fallen utility pole across the tracks west of Malverne Station.

The LIRR is now operating an hourly shuttle service between Penn Station and Mineola, with stops at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and Merillion Avenue.

Check the latest LIRR service alerts.

METRO-NORTH

The entire system will be operating on a reduced weekday schedule beginning at 10 p.m. due to the impact of the storm, the MTA said. Some trains will be combined or canceled and customers are advised to listen to station announcements for changes.

The rail network is expected to operate on a normal schedule on Saturday.

Check the latest Metro-North service alerts.

SUBWAYS

Fallen trees have been causing intermittent delays and service changes on a number of lines and the Staten Island Railroad.

The MTA said crews have been deployed across the city to deal with ongoing weather-related issues.

Check the latest subway service alerts.

PATH

No service issues have been reported with PATH trains.

PATH is accepting NJ Transit tickets and passes at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and NY 33rd St. PATH is cross-honoring Amtrak customers.

Check the latest PATH service alerts.

ROADWAYS

Ride share services are using surge pricing has been reported as commuters try to find alternative ways home. An Uber ride that was $18 at 6 p.m. spiked to $48 an hour later in New Jersey, with an hour wait for a car.

Gov. Cuomo issued a travel advisory for all areas north of New York City and requested people limit travel because of dangerous conditions on roadways, including limited visibility. Tractor trailers have flipped over on the Mario M. Cuomo and Verrazano-Narrows bridges, and New Jersey State Police say officers have aided more than 150 motor vehicles.

Bridges have been impacted:

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – All high-profile vehicles (trucks, buses, motorcycles, etc.) are prohibited from traveling on the bridge because of strong winds.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – All lanes on the upper level of the bridge are closed because of strong winds. Cars and buses are the only vehicles allowed on the lower level.

George Washington Bridge – Truck restrictions are in place on the upper level because of strong winds. Empty tractor trailers are advised to use alternative routes.

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge – A speed restriction of 20 mph has been implemented because of the weather. High-profile vehicles and vehicles transporting cargo are not permitted until further notice.

Throgs Neck Bridge – A speed restriction of 20 mph has been implemented because of the weather. High-profile vehicles and vehicles transporting cargo are not permitted until further notice.

FERRIES

Delays and cancellations are expected for the Thursday evening commute on the region’s ferry lines.

All NYC Ferry service was supsended until Saturday. Check the latest NYC Ferry alerts.

Seastreak Ferry has multiple cancellations for evening departures on its NJ/NYC service. JC/Hoboken service is cancelled, and some departures will arrive in Highlands only, with shuttle buses taking customers from Highlands to Atlantic Highlands. Check the latest Seastreak alerts.

NY Waterway has multiple cancellations for evening departures. Check the latest NY Waterway alerts.

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