As region prepares for upcoming storm, the big questions is, “will the trains be running?”

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“We will make every effort to keep our services up and running so that our customers can get to where they need to be,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.  “We have a tremendous investment in equipment, manpower and experience.  However, we will only provide service as long as it’s safe to do so.”

MTA staff and crews are watching the weekend weather forecast. As are Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. A major storm was forecast last year at this time and the Governor ordered the shutdown of the transit system the night the storm rolled in. The weather front eventually tracked to the south and the system was back the next day.

The agency has already announced that trains will be stored underground along express tracks instead of outside at the yards. This means trains will run local.

The agency is already on standby for some precipitation beginning Friday night in the city. The Operations Center wll open at 8 p.m. Friday night.

The winter weather action plan kicks in when ice and cold conditions are on the horizon. Accumulation of 10 inches of snow can result in changes to train routes.

This year, some new equipment has been installed. Additional track warmers and signal warmers will help keep parts moving and the third rail clear of ice.