If you live in New York and use mass transit you are probably not going to like this but I suppose it’s always better safe than sorry in situations likes this. In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that the MTA will suspend all mass transit service starting at 7PM on Sunday.
This “orderly suspension” will shut down all subway, bus, and commuter rail service in New York City. MTA chief Jay Lhota said service should be restored by Wednesday but that will all depend on upon weather conditions allowing it, otherwise it could be longer. Major bridges will also be closed on a “case by case” basis or when the wind reaches speeds above 60 mph.
Mayor Bloomberg confirmed that there are currently no evacuation orders in effect for the city. With that said, shelters will be opened in 65 public schools on Sunday for residents of low-lying areas who are concerned that their homes may be affected by flooding or power outages. The mayor did advise New Yorkers to find out whether they live in an evacuation zone in the event one is called though.
New York city’s mass transit system is the nation’s largest. The subway alone has a daily ridership of more than 5 million. Rainfall is expected to start late Sunday or early Monday in New York. Hurricane Sandy is headed north from the Caribbean to meet a winter storm and a cold front. Experts say the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
Here’s hoping everyone stays safe, batten down the hatches if you can, leave if you must.