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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Heavy snow and strong winds pummeled the tri-state region Saturday, prompting transit changes by service providers in New York and New Jersey, including the Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit.

The MTA praised its workers in a statement, commending them for working throughout the storm.

“I want to give a shout-out to the MTA workforce who came in during this storm,” MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said. “Extra people worked to make sure we were prepared, and that we could manage through these winter conditions.”

Here’s what you need to know, as of 8 p.m. Saturday.

New York transit changes

Both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports announced flight cancellations on Twitter. The airports also advised travelers to make sure transportation options to the airports are running.

One of those options, the Long Island Rail Road, suspended all train service Saturday morning. Officials said service would be resumed 5 a.m. Sunday. Bus services will be provided between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, as well as between Speonk and Montauk; those areas experienced significantly greater snowfall and drifts.

The Metro-North Railroad was running reduced hourly on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. It will be running a regular Sunday schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines and on all branches.

In New York City, a handful of subway lines with aboveground stations and tracks were partially shut down. Bus riders should plan for possible service changes and detours. For real-time service updates, click here.

Bee-Line buses, which run in Westchester County, were suspended Saturday. The company said service was expected to return on Sunday, but encouraged riders to check alerts before heading out. Nassau County’s bus service, NICE, resumed most of its service Saturday evening. For updates on specific routes, click here.

New Jersey transit changes

Newark Liberty International Airport said more than 85% of scheduled flights — over 600 total — were canceled. The airport urged travelers to check their flight status with carriers before heading to the airport.

On the road, NJ Transit suspended all bus, River LINE, and Access Link services starting Saturday.

On the rails, there were scattered delays and service changes on NJ Transit lines. For real-time updates, click here.

Amtrak service changes

Amtrak announced several cancellations and service changes through Sunday “for the safety of our customers and employees.” A full list of changes impacting New York are below:


  • Lake Shore Limited trains (operating between Chicago and New York/Boston): Canceled


  • All Acela Service (operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston): Canceled
  • All Northeast Regional & Vermonter Service (between Boston and New York): Canceled
  • Northeast Regional Service (between New York and D.C.) will be limited
  • Lake Shore Limited trains (operating between Chicago and New York/Boston): Canceled
  • Empire Service (operating between New York and Albany) will be limited
  • Keystone Service trains (between Philadelphia and New York): Canceled
  • Palmetto train 90 (operating between New York and Savannah, Ga.) will terminate in Washington, D.C.


  • Northeast Regional trains (operating between Boston and New York): Canceled