As blizzard conditions move into the Northeast, mass transit is getting ready to shut down. The 29 million people affected by the winter storm are advised to get home as soon as possible and stay off the roads. There’s also bad news for travelers. Numerous airports have closed in preparation for the first blizzard of 2015. Nearly 5,200 flights were canceled, Flightaware reported. Naturally, hundreds of stores and restaurants have also shut their doors as they brace for the storm.
New York: state of emergency
The MTA will suspend service on trains, buses and subways at 11 p.m. -- the first time subway service has been suspended for snow. “If you don't have to travel between now and later this evening, we urge you to stay home,” the MTA said in a statement. For those who want to get home as soon as possible, “26 extra trains were added to LIRR and Metro-North schedules with those trains departing from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.”
The Long Island Expressway will also close at 11 p.m. “The roads are very dangerous,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told a press conference Monday. “The roads are already very, very dangerous. It's only going to become more dangerous.” Cuomo does not plan to open the subways for the morning commute.
Numerous flights MacArthur Airport and nearly 500 John F. Kennedy Airport have been grounded. JFK asks to check their website to see which flights were canceled.
LaGuardia Airport also asked travelers to check their flights to determine if they're among the 700 canceled. “Weather conditions have caused disruptions in flights to and from LaGuardia Airport. Please check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected,” LGA said in a statement.
New Jersey: state of emergency
PATH trains will run on their regular Monday schedules until 9 p.m. The weekend schedule will kick in after that.
New Jersey Transit will stop at 10 p.m., and AMTRAK is operating at “reduced frequencies.”
Newark Airport has canceled nearly 500 flights.
Speed restrictions of 45 mph are in effect for the full length of the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Gov. Chris Christie announced a travel ban to take effect at 11 p.m. for nonemergency vehicles.
Boston: state of emergency
As many as 300 flights at Logan International Airport were canceled by 7:32 p.m. “This is going to be very challenging,” said Ed Freni, director of aviation at Massport, the Boston Globe reported. “Our goal is to stay ahead of the storm and keep the airport ready to start to ramp back up.”
Like New York, Boston also has a driving ban. “Whiteout conditions and treacherous roads will make driving anywhere extremely dangerous starting around midnight tonight and extending through most of Tuesday,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference Monday. “I can’t stress this part enough. Please stay off the roads.”
Connecticut: state of emergency
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency at 5 p.m. Monday. “People need to take this storm seriously,” Malloy said in statement. “If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear.”
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