NEW YORK (PIX11)—While an exact time for complete MTA service to be restored is unknown, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced that restoration will begin at 6 a.m. Monday.
The restoration plan will have some lines on the subways, buses and Staten Island Railway running by the rush hour. The Long Island Railroad and Metro-North are still being assessed for damages after widespread flooding and mudslides.
Governor Cuomo said, "Today government worked. Days of preparation and coordination prevented much injury and loss. The MTA will begin resumption of subway service Monday morning. I applaud the good work of the thousands of MTA professionals, National Guard and first responders for their advanced planning. Suspending service allowed the MTA to secure equipment, thus expediting the return to service. None of us should underestimate the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. One thing we can all be proud of is how New Yorkers came together as one. In the darkest hours New Yorkers shine the brightest. They did once again."
MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder said, "We still have a lot of work to do in parts of our 5,000-mile territory that were hit extremely hard by the storm, but we can now see very visible progress. Customers should stay tuned to mta.info for the latest updates."
According to an MTA press release:
Service Plan for Monday Morning Subways:In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the MTA is providing limited service today. The MTA's regular fare and toll policy resumed at 5:00 a.m.
New York City SubwayWith very limited exceptions, service has resumed across the subway system on all lines. However, service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Frequency of service will improve over the course of the day.
Staten Island Railway
Staten Island Railway service resumed regular service earlier this morning between St. George and Tottenville.
Local, Limited and Express bus service in New York City will operate on a normal schedule this morning, except those routes that must be detoured due to road conditions. Long Island Bus service is operating a normal schedule.
Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road is operating near-normal service this morning on six of its branches, but customers are advised to expect some cancellations and some trains operating with fewer than normal complement of cars. The AM rush service is being restored to and from:
· Hicksville (on the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch)
· Port Washington (half-hourly service west of Great Neck; no service east of Great Neck)
· West Hempstead
Service is temporarily suspended on the Babylon Branch due to a signal problem.
Service remains suspended to and from:
· Oyster Bay
· Port Jefferson
· Long Beach
· Far Rockaway
· Montauk (east of Babylon)
· Greenport (east of Ronkonkoma)
Metro-North Railroad cannot operate regular service on any of its three lines today. There is still significant damage to many portions of the Metro-North system. There is still significant damage to many portions of the Metro-North system. Local streams and the Bronx River continue to overflow their banks and crews are working to clean up three mudslides.
Bridges and Tunnels
All MTA Bridges and Tunnels are open
Access-a-Ride and Able Ride
MTA paratransit services are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon on Monday.
Additional details on Metro-North and LIRR service will be provided as soon as they become available. For more information, visit mta.info.
The MTA's regular fare and toll policy will resume Monday morning at 5:00 a.m.