BLIZZARD GUIDE: When Roads, Rails and Schools Will Reopen

The tri-state is beginning to dig out from the blizzard that walloped parts of the region with more than two feet of snow and forced one of the busiest regions in the world to grind to a near halt. 

Governments, school districts, transit authorities and other bodies prepared for the worst, closing schools, shutting down mass transit and even barring vehicles from the roads.

Most agencies have announced mostly normal service for Wednesday. See them below:

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  • Subway and bus service in New York City was back to normal Wednesday. All subways, buses and the Staten Island Railway will be running a regular weekday service on. See the latest subway and bus service changes here. 
  • Long Island Railroad service also resumed on a regular weekday schedule Wednesday with the exception of two branches. The Montauk to Speonk branch and the Greenport to Ronkonkoma branch remained suspended through the morning rush. See the latest LIRR alerts here. 
  • Metro-North Railroad service resumed at 11 a.m. on the Hudson and Harlem lines. Service on the New Haven Line resumed at about 1:30 p.m. Service had been suspended at 11 p.m. Monday. See the latest Metro-North advisories here. 
  • NJ Transit resumed with full service on Wednesday and systemwide cross-honoring.  See the latest NJ Transit alerts here. 
  • PATH train service will return to a regular weekday schedule at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. See the latest PATH advisories here. 
  • NY Waterway was offering limited ferry service as of Tuesday. See the latest NY Waterway advisories here. 
  • The Staten Island Ferry resumed service Tuesday morning, the city Department of Transportation announced. The agency had suspended service at 11 p.m. Monday.
  • Amtrak on the Acela Express and Northeast regional trains were operating on a modified schedule Wednesday, with reduced frequencies between New York and Boston. Amtrak had suspended service on several lines in New England Tuesday. Trains running south of New York City ran on a limited basis Tuesday, as well as a line between New York City and Albany. See the latest Amtrak alerts here. 
  • CT Transit will resume Wednesday. Check bus status here. 
  • Suffolk Transit bus service resumed Wednesday with some delays. Check Suffolk Transit status here.  

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  • New York City schools will be open on Wednesday. Schools were closed Tuesday.
  • Regents exams scheduled for Tuesday at New York City schools were canceled but will be rescheduled.
  • Schools in The Archdiocese of New York in Manhattan, the Bronx and on Staten Island were be closed Tuesday. Other archdiocese schools in other counties will follow the schedules of their local school districts.
  • Hundreds of school districts across the region were closed Tuesday.
  • New York University, Rutgers University, City University of New York, Fordham University, Kean University and Columbia University canceled classes Tuesday. 
  • Check all school closings and delays here.

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  • Virtually all flights were canceled at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, and there were significant cancellations at Kennedy and Newark airports, according to Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. Check your carrier for the latest travel updates.
Watch as the snowstorm moves through Times Square over a period of nearly 12 hours.


  • In New York, a travel ban was lifted for all counties at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The ban was instituted Monday night for all non-emergency vehicles in the 15 counties south of Ulster Monday night.
  • Alternate side parking in New York City has been suspended through Wednesday for snow removal. Meter rules will remain in effect. 
  • New York City sanitation workers are working in 12-hour shifts manning 1,500 snow plows to clear the city's 6,000 miles of roads. 
  • The George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing reopened Tuesday morning. The Port Authority had closed the crossings at 11 p.m. Monday
  • On Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said that hundreds of snow plows and removal vehicles were deployed to clear the roads.
  • In Connecticut, a statewide travel ban was lifted at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The ban was put into effect at 9 p.m. Monday and was lifted Tuesday morning in Fairfield and Litchfield counties in the western part of the state. 
  • In New Jersey,  a travel ban was lifted at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The ban had been put into effect at 11 p.m. Monday.
  • The Greater New York Taxi Association offered free cab rides to emergency responders trying to get to work, and to disabled and elderly residents who may become stranded.

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  • The New York Rangers practiced Monday night in Uniondale ahead of their game scheduled for Tuesday against the Islanders. The game will be played despite the storm..
  • The Knicks and Nets both postponed home games scheduled for Monday night.
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  • Regular mail delivery will resume Wednesday. The U.S. Postal Service did not deliver mail Tuesday in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York and in Connecticut because of the snowstorm. 
  • New York City parks and recreation centers reopened Tuesday afternoon.
  • Most Broadway theaters reopened Tuesday, with performances being held as scheduled. Two notable exceptions are Disney's "The Lion King" and "Aladdin." All performances Monday night were canceled.
  • The Port Authority closed all of its port terminals Tuesday for snow removal. The ports are expected to reopen Wednesday. 
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society said its New York City zoos and aquarium were closed Tuesday.
  • Citymeals delivered three days worth of meals to seniors and the disabled
    Monday in preparation of the storm.

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