MTA Might Shut Down All Service for the Hurricane [UPDATE: They Will]


Update: Governor Cuomo has ordered a total shutdown of the subway starting at noon on Saturday.

On the MTA’s home page, there is this, next to a charming picture of an umbrella in the rain:

Hurricane Warning
August 26, 2011

The MTA is actively preparing for the impact of Hurricane Irene, coordinating with the Governor’s Office, Mayor’s Office and regional OEMs consistent with our Hurricane Plan. We are making arrangements to bring in extra personnel over the weekend, preparing our facilities and infrastructure by clearing drains, securing work sites against possible high winds, checking and fueling equipment, stocking supplies, and establishing plans to move equipment and supplies away from low-lying areas as needed. Because of the severity of the wind and rain associated with a hurricane, there may be partial or full shut down of our services to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. We are also prepared to implement evacuation plans if the Mayor and Governor decide that is necessary. We urge our customers to check frequently and to consider the impacts of this storm when making travel plans through the weekend.

The part that you need to pay attention to, there, is “there may be a partial or full shut down of our services.” The New York Post says that the plan is to shut down all service on buses, subways, and the LIRR and Metro-North before winds reach 39 mph. That’s expected to happen Sunday, with the MTA saying service would be stopped late tomorrow, if necessary. Some LIRR service has been canceled already. Mayor Bloomberg has said the mass transit cancelations could extend into Monday.

But, before you panic: Why do you want to take the subway during a hurricane, ANYWAY? Oh, yeah…to get the heck out. Hunker down, friends!

Related: How to Prepare for a Hurricane in New York City: A Semi-Official Guide