When will mass transit, airlines be back in service?
Major service disruptions and cancellations are expected to continue for several more hours as a massive winter storm continues to make roads and rails nearly impassable throughout the region.
NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and NJ have not given any definitive word on when, exactly, all services will be restored, saying only that service will resume when weather permits.
Some services are expected to resume as early as noon tomorrow. According to NJ Transit, Access Link is scheduled to resume with a delayed start of noon tomorrow. Suspension of services went into effect at 2 a.m. Saturday.
In a statement on its website, NJ Transit said it plans to "restore service as quickly as possible." Rail service in the areas hit by the blizzard cannot get back on track until mandatory federal inspections are done to verify that the system is safe, the website states.
“The safety of our customers, employees and citizens remains our top priority at NJ TRANSIT”, said NJ TRANSIT interim Executive Director Dennis J. Martin in a satement. “By suspending service, this will allow us to take the necessary actions to protect the system then quickly and safely resume services when conditions warrant.”
NJ Transit had 20,000 bags of snow-melting supplies, and hundreds of shovels and snow blowers ready prior to the storm to clear tracks of snow and ice. In addition, "patrol trains will operate during the service suspension on the rail and light rail systems to keep tracks, switches and overhead catenary wires clear of building snow and ice conditions," the website states.
When service is restored, NJ Transit said it will cross-honor tickets and passes on bus, rail, light rail and private bus carrier services.
Port Authority of NY & NJ planes, bridges & tunnels
Delays have been reported at all of the major airports in the region due to the storm. AirTrain service at both Newark and JFK airports is still suspended with limited shuttle service. The Authority has also shut down all bridges and tunnels but has not announced when they will reopen.
In addition, United Airlines has shut down service at Newark and LaGuardia airports. PATH service is also suspended or delayed along most lines and there is still no word on when services will be fully restored.
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