Governor Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Jay Walder have announced that the MTA will begin to restore subway service starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow, providing at least some subway, bus, and Staten Island Railway service for the morning commute. Damage assessment continues on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, which were more significantly impacted by flooding and mudslides, with more details as they become available. Note that, in general, “service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains.” Service should get better throughout the day.
There are some exceptions, via the MTA:
• 3 trains will operate between 137th Street/City College and New Lots Avenue; substitute bus service will be provided between Harlem 148th Street and 135th Street connecting with the 2 train.
• C trains suspended; A trains will make all local stops from 207th St. to Lefferts Blvd.
• No service in the Rockaways (Rockaway Blvd. to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park).
• 6 trains runs local in the Bronx.
• 7 trains run local.
• S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) suspended.
• N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.
• The Staten Island Railway will resume normal service at midnight tonight.
• Buses: Limited bus service was restored in all five boroughs of New York City earlier this evening. Service levels will continue to increase but may not reach normal levels tomorrow.
• Bridges and Tunnels: All MTA Bridges and Tunnels are open as of 7:00 p.m.
• Access-a-Ride and Able Ride are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon tomorrow.
The MTA’s regular fare and toll policy will resume tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. As always, check the MTA’s site for the latest information. We’ll keep you posted on progress as well.
Update: Due to significant damage to the system, including mudslides, fallen trees, flooding, and washouts, the MTA has announced that “Metro-North Railroad cannot operate regular service on any of its three Lines, Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines, on Monday, August 29.” Metro-North is continuing inspections and repair throughout the night, with the goal of restoring service as soon as possible. Grand Central Terminal will, however, open tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.
• New Jersey Transit rail service, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line, will not operate Monday for the same reasons.