Friday, August 26, 2011

Irene Head's Up: Gov. Cuomo Orders Full Shutdown Of MTA Subways, Buses, Trains

The hurricane is coming:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a system-wide shutdown of the Metropolitan Transit Authority starting at noon Saturday ahead of Hurricane Irene.

In a statement, Cuomo said the shutdown will include subways, buses, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Access-A-Ride.

“Please do not wait for the last train,” said MTA chairman Jay Walder. There is simply not capacity for everyone to get on the last train. The sooner the people make decisions to be able the leave the better it will be for everyone.”

Walder said it would take at least eight hours to close everything down.

Cuomo also said if wind speeds exceed 60 miles per hour, area bridges will also be closed. Those include the George Washington Bridge, Tappan Zee bridge, all bridges operated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority as well as Bear Mountain Bridge, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridge.
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