Subway Service Resumes Monday Morning

After historic MTA suspension in response to Irene threat, subway service to resume

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:12 PM EDT
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Subway service will begin Monday morning, but passengers should expect delayed service and more crowded trains, the MTA said.

“We still have a lot of work to do in parts of our 5,000-mile territory that were hit extremely hard by the storm, but we can now see very visible progress," said MTA chair Jay Walder.

Some MTA buses were already in service by 5 p.m. Sunday. Service was to be restored first in Manhattan and the Bronx, followed by Queens and Brooklyn.

Since the beginning of the Irene shutdown, the MTA has said to expect diminished capacity for the Monday morning commute. That hasn't changed, and Walder said he could not guess when the system -- which carries 5 million riders on an average weekday -- would be back to normal.

"I think it's fair to say you're going to have a tough commute in the morning," Mayor Bloomberg said.

Taxis will continue to operate on a zone fare system until the subway system is back. For fare information, check out this zone fare map.

The PATH train service is expected to resume by 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Metro-North and New Jersey Transit service suspensions will continue Monday.

Metro-North riders might see many difficult mornings. Walder said that commuter line was by far the worst-hit, with substantial flooding on every line, power outages affecting signals and erosion of the tracks.

"This may continue for some time," Walder said.

The New Jersey Transit has only resumed severely modified service (see below).

The LIRR remains suspended and is also facing a cleanup, with downed trees in numerous areas.

Amtrak has resumed service, but with several cancellations.

Kennedy and Newark airports will open for arrivals at 6 a.m., and departures will start at noon. The JFK AirTrain returns to service at 4 a.m., and Newark AirTran returns to service at 6 a.m. LaGuardia Airport re-opens to both departures and arrivals at 7 a.m.

NYC SUBWAYS

Service will resume across the subway system at 6 a.m. Monday. Service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Frequency of trains will improve over the course of the day.

EXCEPTIONS:

  • 3 trains will operate between 137th Street/City College and New Lots Avenue; Substitute bus service will be provided between Harlem 148th Street and 135th Street connecting with the 2 train.
  • C trains suspended; A trains will make all local stops from 207th St. to Lefferts Blvd.  No service in the Rockaways. (Rockaway Blvd. to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park)
  • 6 trains runs local in the Bronx
  • 7 trains run local
  • S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) Suspended
  • N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.

The Staten Island Railway will resume normal service at midnight tonight (Sunday).

Access-a-Ride and Able Ride are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon Monday. In the morning, these services will help return evacuees to their homes.

The MTA's regular fare and toll policy will resume Monday morning at 5 a.m.
 

Metro-North

  • Metro-North cannot operate regular service on any of its three lines Monday: Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven. There's still too much damage to many portions of the Metro-North system, the agency said Sunday night.
  • Grand Central Terminal will open Monday at 5:30 a.m.
  • Metro-North work crews will continue to inspect and repair the infrastructure throughout the night.
  • Significant issues include: non-functioning signal systems, mudslide damage and washouts along the Hudson line, flooded tracks and stations and fallen trees on tracks.
  • Check mta.info/mnr for the latest updates.
     

LIRR

  • Long Island Rail Road service will see "significant restoration" to many of its lines Monday, a Cuomo aide said Sunday night. Until then, it remains suspended while crews make restoration efforts following Irene. Trees are blocking tracks and flooding has been reported in several areas. The agency says hundreds of employees are working around the clock to assess damage and make repairs. LIRR will restore service when it is safe and possible to do so.
  • Check mta.info/lirr for the latest.

 

NJ Transit

  • NO service on the North Jersey Coast Line because of severe flooding and downed trees along the line.
  • NO service on the Gladstone branch because of rail equipment stranded in Hoboken.
  • NO service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex Monday night for Giants-Jets game due to limited equipment and crew members. Coach USA will supplement its bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • Bus service expected to operate modified weekday schedule Monday, with fewer trips during peak periods on some routes.
  • Some bus routes may be subject to delays, detours, or cancellations due to local flooding.
  • Bus service to/from Willowbrook Mall and Mothers Park/Ride may be suspended due to flooding.
  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekend schedule. River Line customers may be subject to delays between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Entertainment Center due to flooding. 
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Access Link Paratransit Service will begin operating 1 p.m. Monday.
  • NJ TRANSIT will offer systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode: rail, bus or light rail.
  • Check njtransit.com for the latest.
     

Amtrak

  • Amtrak will operate most Northeast Regional trains between Philadelphia and Washington starting Monday, but there are several cancellations. View them here, and keep checking amtrak.com for service alerts.
  • Crews are continuing to inspect and make repairs to the infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor.
     

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