NEW YORK (PIX11) — Heavy rainfall and flooding caused severe delays and limited subway service throughout New York City on Friday.
More than a dozen subway lines were fully or partially suspended as the evening rush hour commute got underway.
“This is not an ordinary rainfall. This is historic. We’re on track to possibly create a new record of 10 inches of rain falling in literally 10 hours,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said during an evening briefing on subway service changes.
As of Saturday, subway service has been restored on most subway lines. There are some delays on the G train, according to the MTA.
For those commuting to JFK, the MTA urges riders to take the E train to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK or the LIRR to Jamaica, as A and J trains won’t be running in most of Queens.
More subway service changes, according to the MTA:
- Uptown Nos. 1, 2, and 3, trains aren’t stopping at 14 St
- No. 1 trains aren’t stopping at Van Cortlandt Park-242 St
- Manhattan-bound D trains are running on the N line in Brooklyn
- J trains aren’t running between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Crescent St
- N and R trains aren’t running in Lower Manhattan
- Q trains aren’t running between 34 St-Herald Sq and Prospect Park
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said the focus is to get everyone home safely.
“By the end of the 24-hour period, we’re projected to have as much rain as we normally get in two to three months,” Lieber said.
In a video taken at the 50th Street station, rain poured from the ceiling onto the platform. A portion of the platform was blocked off by caution tape.
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Metro-North Railroad service was also severely disrupted due to the heavy rain and flooding, officials said.
Harlem and New Haven line service into and out of Grand Central was suspended. The Hudson line was restored around 5 p.m.
Trains are not running between Port Jervis and Suffern in either direction on Saturday and Sunday.
Lieber urged commuters to take the subway to Williamsbridge or Wakefield in the Bronx to catch a Metro-North train heading north. The MTA is cross-honoring tickets systemwide.
Special schedules are in effect on most branches all weekend while the MTA installs tracks and switches at Floral Park and Hicksville.
- Huntington and Ronkonkoma trains will run every hour all weekend. Trains will only run to/from Penn Station during daytime hours. Transfer at Jamaica for service to Grand Central.
- Service between Huntington and Port Jefferson will be reduced to every two hours.
- Many trains on other branches will run on adjusted schedules and transfer times may change. Plan your trip with the TrainTime app.
- Eastbound Huntington and Ronkonkoma trains will skip Elmont-UBS Arena. Use a Hempstead Branch train instead.
The MTA’s full bus system in New York City remained in operation. Lieber said 44 MTA buses were stranded in flood waters at some point earlier in the day but all of those issues were resolved.
“There are about 3,500 buses out there,” Lieber said. “If you must travel – and heed the warnings of the governor and the mayor and others that it’s not a day to travel if you don’t have to – but if you do, buses are available.”
Charline Charles is a digital journalist from Brooklyn who has covered local news along with culture and arts in the New York City area since 2019. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.