Published on : Thursday, February 13, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to prepare winter storm fighting assets and personnel for an impending Nor’easter winter storm that is expected to hit New York State from late Wednesday through Thursday. As the storm approaches the state, the Governor reminded citizens to prepare properly and avoid unnecessary travel.
“I have again directed state agencies to prepare and coordinate resources for the Nor’easter that is forecasted for late tonight and into Thursday,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we have done in previous storms this season, the State is directing necessary resources to the areas in greatest need, and we will be flexible in our ability to redirect equipment and personnel as the storm reaches the state. I urge all New Yorkers to take appropriate steps to prepare for the storm, check on their families and friends, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, and to avoid any unnecessary travel. The best way to stay informed is to pay attention to local media outlets and heed any advice from local professional emergency management personnel.”
Steps taken by the State at the direction of the Governor to ensure readiness include:
Roads, Bridges and Public Transit
The following actions will allow plow operations on critical roadways to be maintained overnight while ensuring driver safety:
The State has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders and 4,185 operators stationed and ready for the storm, along with 291,000 tons of salt on hand statewide.
All Thruway and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) maintenance headquarters will be fully staffed around the clock for the duration of the storm.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has activated all storm-fighting forces across New York City Transit subways and buses, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and MTA Bridges and Tunnels. For safety of customers and MTA personnel, all MTA services are subject to being delayed, curtailed or suspended during a storm as significant as the one currently forecast.
The New York City Subway plans to operate on normal weekday schedule for the morning rush hour. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are developing service plans for tomorrow and will announce schedule details later this afternoon.
New York City buses may reduce service by up to 20 percent if conditions warrant. If the storm worsens throughout the course of Thursday, the LIRR and Metro-North may offer extra afternoon service for those looking to depart work early.
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