Snowstorm delays on NYC subways, LIRR, Metro-North, NJ Transit

NEW YORK — Public transportation may be the best way to travel during Thursday's major snowstorm, but delays are all but certain.

The so-called “bomb cyclone” winter storm is blanketing the New York area and causing blizzard conditions in some areas.

The snow arrived between early Thursday and the heaviest snowfall is expected between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. It should taper off between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

In the city, 6 to 9 inches are expected, with 9 to 12 inches or more for Long Island, coastal New Jersey and eastern Connecticut; and 2 to 6 inches for northwestern New Jersey and interior Hudson Valley.

Taking public transportation will be preferable for many commuters, but delays are expected as the days progress.


  • All trains are running on a normal weekday schedule but multiple lines are subject to delays for various reasons.
  • During some of the morning rush-hour commute, Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 trains were running local. The MTA says the trains were no longer only local as of 7:30 a.m.


  • NYC Ferry has suspended service on all routes for the remainder of Thursday.
  • All Seastreak service is canceled for Thursday.
  • The Staten Island Ferry is running on a modified schedule, with service every 20 minutes.

Metro-North and LIRR

  • Metro-North and LIRR advise commuters be cautious and give themselves extra travel time.
  • Scattered delays should be expected because of the weather.
  • On Metro-North, northbound trains on the Hudson Line are not making stops at Riverdale, Ludlow, Glenwood and Greystone stations because of downed trees and a switch failure, as of 9:30 a.m. Riders who need to access those stations are advised to travel south to the Yonkers Station and pickup a northbound train there.

NJ Transit

  • New Jersey Transit buses, rails and light rails will cross honor passes and tickets system wide due to Thursday's storm.
  • Bus service to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal is subject to delays of up to 45 minutes because of the snow, as of 9:30 a.m.
  • Rail lines are also experiencing delays because of inclement weather.


  • Thousands of flights have been canceled at LaGuardia, Newark and Kennedy airports. As of 11 a.m., all flights at JFK have been temporarily suspended due to strong winds and whiteout conditions.
  • Travelers should contact their airline to determine the status of their flights.
  • The AirTrain to JFK has been suspended because of the weather, the airport said. A free shuttle bus service will be provided.

Roads, highways and bridges

  • Alternate side parking rules are suspended in New York City on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but meter rules still apply.
  • In the five boroughs, any vehicles blocking roadways or preventing the street-cleaning process will be towed.
  • Tractor trailers and motorcycles have been banned from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge due to high winds.
  • Speed restrictions are in effect on the Henry Hudson Bridge, also due to wind.
  • Alternate side parking, meters and zone parking are suspected in Jersey City on Thursday, but will be enforced for cars parked on corners and snow routes.

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