NYC Misses Brunt of Winter Storm, Above-Ground Subway Service Restored

New Yorkers are digging out from the snow, as the winter storm passed through Tuesday with a weaker impact on the city than expected.

Above-ground MTA subway service was restored 6 p.m. after it was shut down 4 a.m.

Express subway service in the city is projected to begin Wednesday by 7 a.m. or earlier on all lines.

City buses are running with reduced service but are projected to be back to normal at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Limited Metro-North service was restored 6 p.m. Tuesday and ran until 11 p.m. on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, although there will be no branch service. Full service will resume Wednesday morning on a regular weekday schedule.

Staten Island Railway service has been restored. Long Island Railroad service is running on a normal schedule with scattered delays.

The winter weather advisory was cancelled Tuesday night.

The storm's more westward track was just enough to raise temperatures so that New Yorkers saw more sleet than snow.

Snowfall from the nor'easter has ranged from 4.7 inches at JFK Airport to 7.2 at Central Park and LaGuardia Airport. Original weather models called for at least eight inches of snow across the city.

By Tuesday night, the storm had moved away from the city, and temperatures are anticipated to plunge into the mid-20s by Wednesday morning. This will lead to many icy spots for the Wednesday morning commute.

In addition, snow and ice may fall from buildings and bridges Wednesday.

In a briefing at noon Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said schools will be open Wednesday after being closed Tuesday.

Tuesday afternoon, state officials shifted storm resources from New York City and Long Island to upstate after the city escaped the brunt of the storm.

While snow totals were lower than expected in the city, Central New York may see over two feet of snow.

Some 2,000 National Guard members have been called up throughout the state to help.

The biggest concern for New York City at this point is when temperatures drop, and all the muck re-freezes.

"The way the weather pattern is shaping up, the storm has moved more westward," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "It is less of a snowstorm in New York City and Long Island. It is actually more sleet and precipitation. That is the good news.

"The warning is, we have to watch the temperatures as we go through the day and night, because the sleet and precipitation could turn into ice, and it could make the morning commute more difficult," Cuomo continued.

There were significant cancellations at area airports Monday and Tuesday because of the storm. Crews have been out cleaning runways.

While the Port Authority is optimistic as conditions improve, officials are still warning that the next couple of days are going to be spent catching up.

"Check with carriers. You can re-book electronically from home. Print boarding passes at home. If you can do it, please do it," Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority, said Tuesday.

"Departing passengers tomorrow and Thursday at LaGuardia and JFK should not go to the airport unless you have a reservation," Foye continued. "We expect heavy vehicular traffic to both LaGuardia and JFK."

This is the third year in a row that the MTA has canceled at least some subway service because of snow.

A state of emergency was declared by de Blasio and Cuomo, which allowed the city to mobilize all resources necessary to combat the storm.

The temperatures are projected to stay cold through the weekend and into Monday, the first day of spring.

The snowfall at JFK and Central Park, however, set daily records. The old records were set in 1958.

The storm produced snowfall amounts of over a foot in areas just north and west of the city, like Nyack and Brewster.

The New York City Public Library system was closed Tuesday, and the Citi Bike service closed for rentals 11 p.m. Monday.

Amtrak operated a modified schedule in the northeast, with no Acela Express service between New York City and Boston, and modified Acela Express service between New York City and Washington, D.C.

The forecast called for the snow to start around 11 p.m. Monday. The worst of the snow was expected to hit between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, but ice began to mix in with the snow by 7 a.m.

A blizzard warning was in effect for much of the morning but was canceled at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The city sanitation department deployed more than 700 salt spreaders and thousands of plows across the five boroughs.

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NYC Subway Changes For March 14 Snowstorm

NEW YORK, NY — The city's above-ground subway stations will reopen at 6 p.m. following today's less-than-impressive blizzard that shut just about everything down during its lead-up, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Limited Metro North train service will be restored at 6 p.m. as well, Cuomo said, on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. Long Island Rail Road was running on regular weekday service with just a few delays.

NYC bus service "remains active but limited," the governor's office said. "Expected to begin running normally on Wednesday at 5 a.m."

Express subway service will be restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Cuomo's office said, just in time for Wednesday morning's commute. Staten Island Railway service has been fully restored.

The above-ground subway shutdown was the same tactic used during last year's historic blizzard.

"Approximately 13,000 personnel will be on duty for subways during the storm, including more than 9,700 personnel dedicated to snow-fighting, staged throughout the system and working up to 12-hour shifts," Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said before the storm hit.

"Snow-fighting equipment for subways will include more than 2,000 snow melting devices at switches and other infrastructure, about 1,500 3rd rail heaters, 'scraper shoes' on approximately 80 trains, 10 snowthrowers, four jetblowers, and seven de-icer train cars," his office said.


Subway fare increases Sunday

NEW YORK — A subway ride is about to get more expensive with a fare hike looming.

The MTA’s fare hike is scheduled to take effect on Sunday, March 19.

The price of a single swipe will remain the same, but commuters will be treated to a smaller pay-per-ride bonus and monthly unlimited passes will increase. The MTA has release a new fare calculator to help commuters figure out the bonus on purchases.

There have been five MetroCard fare increases since 2009. The last one passed in March 2015.

Unlimited 30-day MetroCards will cost $121 under the new plan: an increase of $4.50. Seven-day cards will increase in price from $31 to $32. Monthly and seven-day passes will still be available at the lower rate on Saturday, so commuters who want to save a few dollars should refill their cards before the hike goes into effect.

The MTA has an estimated annual $13 billion budget. Reports show the agency pays for about a third of that from fares and tolls.

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