New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is shutting down New York City’s transit services ahead of Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm expected to hit much of the eastern third of the United States. Closing down are bus, subway and commuter rail lines.
Travelers will not be able to use city transportation services starting at 7 p.m. Sunday.
In a public statement Cuomo said:
“The transportation system is the lifeblood of the New York City region, and suspending all service is not a step I take lightly. But keeping New Yorkers safe is the first priority, and the best way to do that is to make sure they are out of harm’s way before gale-force winds can start wreaking havoc on trains and buses.”
To put the travel suspension into perspective the New York city subway is the largest in the United States with an average daily ridership of 5 million people.
According to an MTA statement:
“The New York City subway system will begin to curtail service after 7 p.m., and the New York City bus system within the following two hours. Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will start their final trains by 7 p.m. Subway and railway stations will be closed after the last trains.
Customers who need to travel today should do so as soon as possible and not wait until the last train or bus is departing. Anyone who does not leave for their destination before 7 p.m. runs the risk of being stranded when service is suspended. New York City Transit, Metro-North and the LIRR will cross-honor each other’s passes today to speed the process of returning customers to their homes.
Hurricane Sandy has not yet touched down by has already led to the cancellation of 3,200 flights, 265 of which came out of Newark, New Jersey on Sunday. Flights cancelled for Monday will include 775 in Neward, 428 at Dulles and 355 in Philadelphia.
Even Amtrak in the area has been forced to cancel some of its Sunday and Monday routes.