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Your Guide to Storm-Related Transit Updates: What to Expect for the Thursday Commute

JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty international airports have all said Thursday will be a "recovery day"

What to Know

  • Most of the tri-state's transit organizations had said their services would be running on normal schedules Thursday
  • JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports have nearly 400 cancellations Thursday; On Wednesday, airlines had canceled thousands of flights
  • The nor'easter dropped more than 1 foot of snow on parts of the region, including New York City

The fourth nor'easter to hit the tri-state in the month of March pummeled te region with heavy snow and damaging winds, affecting travel by land, air and sea. 

But luckily, the storm hasn't appeared to have the same crippling affects on the region's massive network of roads, rails and airports as previous ones. But there could still be some residual delays and changes into Thursday morning as the storm pushes away. 

Here's what you need to know:

NYC SUBWAY

Apart from some minor service changes in line with the NYC Transit Winter Weather Plan, like some express lines making local stops and slight delays, the MTA hasn't announced additional changes associated with Wednesday's storm. That said, it had other problems Thursday morning. Service on the B and Q lines was delayed for a time because of a train with mechanical problems.

Also, L train service was suspended between Brooklyn and Manhattan in both directions because of a track fire near Bedford Avenue. Service resumed with lingering delays shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The MTA is suggesting straphangers follow the @NYCTSubway Twitter account for updates. Get real-time commute updates here.

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LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

The LIRR hasn't announced any changes to its schedule for Thursday. It said it would work through the night to ensure normal service Thursday. The agency is still warning customers the storm could impact some service. 

LIRR customers can check for service updates on MTA.info/LIRR, through text and email alerts, and on Twitter.

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METRO-NORTH

Regular weekday service on the Metro-North is expected on Thursday. The rail network had run on a modified schedule Wednesday. Read Metro-North's Guide to Winter Weather Travel.

Metro-North customers can check for service updates on MTA.info/MNR, through text and email alerts, and on Twitter. Real-time train information is also provided on the Metro-North Train Time website and on the Metro-North Train Time app.

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NJ Transit

NJ Transit will operate on a normal schedule Thursday for buses, rail and light rail. Access Link will resume at noon Thursday. However, customers may expect delays and cancellations due to the residual effects of the storm, NJT said.

The transit system had operated on its Severe Weather Schedule Level 1 Wednesday and had suspended all bus service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, including to and from Port Authority. 

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AMTRAK

Amtrak started out operating on a modified schedule Thursday, with dozens of Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Empire service trains canceled. The rail carrier had operated on a modified schedule Wednesday, as well. It said normal service would resume at 11 a.m. Friday.

Check for the latest updates at Amtrak.com. To be notified of service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor (including Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other corridor services), follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter.

AIR TRAVEL

John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty international airports have all said Thursday will be a "recovery day," with nearly 400 flights to and from the air hubs canceled Thursday. 

Thousands of flights had been canceled out of the airports on Wednesday. 

Check the latest cancellations with FlightAware.com.

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HIGHWAYS AND ROADS

NEW YORK

  • Alternate side parking was suspended in New York City Wednesday and will remain that way Thursday.
  • See the latest travel information at 511NY.org.  

NEW JERSEY

  • More than 2,750 New Jersey Department of Transportation crews and contractors worked statewide on Wednesday to clear the highways. 
  • See the latest travel information at 511NJ.org

PATH

PATH will run on a normal schedule on Thursday. Check the PATH website for updates on service. Follow PATH on Twitter for updates. 

BUSES

Buses service is expected to resume at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Thursday. Most bus lines out of the terminal had stopped running at 3 p.m. on Wednesday

MTA buses are running on normal schedules Thursday. The latest advisories can be found at MTA.info. Customers can expect possible delays. 

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FERRIES

NYC Ferry said all routes should run on normal schedules Thursday. 

The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a normal schedule Thursday, according to the city Department of Transportation.

Seastreak is operating on a normal schedule Thursday.

New York Waterway will run on a normal schedule Thursday. 

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