NJ Transit, LIRR Shuffle Service In Wake Of Snow Storm
As another major winter storm hits our area, officials are taking the proper precautions on the roads and rails.

The National Weather service warns the Tri-State area could be in for significant snow, sleet, and ice accumulations. The storm has the potential to dump up to at least six inches of snow in several parts of the area.

As a result, NJ Transit is now making preparations for the anticipated storm that is expected to hit the area Thursday evening.

According to NJ Transit's website, in order to give customers additional travel options during the storm, it will offer full systemwide cross-honoring starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, and continuing until the end of the service day, enabling NJ Transit customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode-rail, bus or light rail.

For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the train instead.

The transit agency says it plans to operate a regular weekday schedule Thursday. However, depending on the severity of the storm, it may be necessary to modify service as conditions change.

Customers are advised to continually check njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information. They may also call (973) 275-5555 to get additional travel information.

Meanwhile, the Long Island Rail Road announced plans to add eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station Thursday afternoon between 2:09 PM and 3:48 PM for customers leaving work early due to the snowstorm, in addition to normal service. The extra service includes: three trains on the Port Jefferson Branch, three on the Babylon Branch, one on the Port Washington Branch to Great Neck and one on the Far Rockaway Branch. The extra service is as follows:

Port Jefferson Branch to Hicksville and Huntington
* 2:09 PM stopping at Jamaica, Carle Place, then all stops to Huntington
* 2:26 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington
* 3:24 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Babylon Branch
* 2:22 PM express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon
* 3:00 PM stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon
* 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck
* 3:40 PM stopping Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch
* 3:48 PM express to Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, then all stops to Far Rockaway

For additional information, customers can contact the LIRR's 24-hour Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR, or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center's TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022. Customers may also consult the LIRR's website at www.mta.info.