Possible subway closures during New York City blizzard

Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-08 19:21:51-05

Travel conditions have been getting worse as the day continues. For the most part, mass transit in New York City is moving along.

Some trains are now running local. More trains have reportedly been added for evening rush. After 8 p.m. tonight, there could be added delays or temporary shutdowns of the subway system to allow tracks to be cleared.

Buses continue to run but will be reduced as the evening progresses. Routes could be cancelled depending on road conditions, the MTA reports. PIX11 has already received reports of longer than usual wait times and lines.

On Metro North, between 8 PM and 1 AM there will be half-hourly service on New Haven Line & Harlem Line out of Grand Central and hourly service toward Grand Central. On the Hudson Line, there will be hourly service in both directions.

LIRR will suspend service if snow accumulations reach between 10-13 inches.

Subway trains not required for service will be stored underground along express tracks around the system. This is necessary to prevent them from being blocked in yards by drifting snow. Weekend work and service changes have been canceled, except on the 7 line.

To protect trains underground,  the 7 train will operate between Main Street and Queensboro Plaza, with a train shuttle between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon-Jackson Avenues. There will be no 7 train in Manhattan. This operation begins around midnight tonight and end when trains are returned to their normal storage in Corona Yard. The 42nd Street Shuttle will operate overnight.