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What to Expect for Your Evening Commute After the Port Authority Blast

Subway and bus service has largely resumed after Monday morning's explosion, but drivers should expect to see more police and road closures near the Port Authority Bus Terminal

What to Know

  • Monday's explosion in a subway tunnel between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square hampered commuters for much of the day
  • As of 4 p.m., all subway lines have resumed running without major delays; bus service has also largely resumed.
  • The suspect identified as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man of Bangladeshi descent with a Brooklyn address, likely acted alone in the blast

Straphangers should expect a largely on-schedule and unfettered commute home Monday evening, just hours after a man who told police he intended to carry out a suicide attack detonated an explosive device in a subway tunnel under the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning forced massive changes to the city's subway, bus and roadway networks.

Here's what to expect for this evening's commute:


The MTA said all trains were running normally and making all stops Monday afternoon, with the only readily visible remnant of the morning's explosion being thh closed passageway between the 42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal stop and the Times Square-42nd Street station where the blast went off at about 7:15 p.m. 

A/C/E trains, which had been bypassing the 42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal stop for most of the day, have also resumed making all stops, according to the MTA.

Twelve lines were detoured, suspended or otherwise hampered throughout the morning rush following the explosion, which left only suspected bomber Akayed Ullah seriously injured.

Witnesses to the bomb blast at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday describe exactly what they saw and heard as the explosion went off. Erica Byfield reports.


The Port Authority Bus Terminal has also reopened and all routes have resumed, but the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is asking riders to check with their individual carriers for itinerary changes. 

MTA buses, however, still listed some detours and delays on Manhattan lines that stop at or near the bus terminal as of 4 p.m. due to the investigation into the explosion. Visit the MTA's website to see the status of all affected buses.


Four of the city's busiest cross-town thoroughfares -- 14th, 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets -- were closed from the Hudson River to the East River following the blast.

Fourteenth, 23rd and 34th street have since reopened, but drivers were being diverted between Sixth and Ninth avenues on 42nd Street. Eighth Avenue, meanwhile, is closed between West 39th and West 44th streets.

Drivers should expect to see an increase in security that could cause some delays in and around New York City for the evening commute, however. Chopper 4 captured New York State Police stopping trucks on the Triboro Bridge as of 4:30 p.m. 

Commuter rail

The explosion is not affecting LIRR, Metro-North, NJ Transit or Amtrak service in the area. 

Scroll down to see up-to-the-minute transit updates. Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will secure all transit hubs and major sites in the city, and commuters should expect to see additional officers out in force. 

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