MTA in NYC, NJ Transit and LIRR snowfall disruptions

Penn Station

The NYC MTA is accepting LIRR tickets at Penn Station as a way to handle snowfall. Image: Wikimedia Commons

In the Northeast, huge snowfall totals are snarling business and traffic across multiple states. The website for the New York City MTA, which manages transit in and around New York City, has been practically shut down. New Jersey transit is trying to keep major routes online. The Long Island Rail Road, LIRR, is mostly offline, though New York City transit is honoring LIRR tickets at some stations.

MTA trip planner alternative

The New York City MTA is the only service with most routes still running. The MTA transit planner is proving difficult to access, however. The extreme amount of traffic on the MTA NYC website is crashing the servers. There is an alternative to the MTA transit planner, however. MTA and Google partnered quite a while ago to create transit maps on Google maps. Using the Google Transit MTA Trip Planner will show you the MTA route for your trip. However, Google Transit maps are based on a best-case scenario, so call the MTA at (718) 243-7777 to confirm.

NJ Transit bringing service online

The NJ transit service is trying to clear bus and light rail services as quickly as possible. Trains are running on an enhanced holiday schedule, and there are 15- to 20-minute delays on some rail lines. The NJ Transit service is encouraging riders to stay home today, because “getting to the station will be trouble enough.” If you are using the NJ Transit trip planner, officials are suggesting using Jan. 17, 2011 as the “travel date” to get accurate plans.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road is facing its own troubles in getting passengers around. With snowfall totals of 16 inches or more, the blizzard warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday. The LIRR is using scraper shoes, jet-powered snowblowers, hot-air jets, snow brooms and other snow clearing equipment to clear the rail lines. All local stops at about 10 stations are running, though there are many trains that got stuck. New York City transit MTA services are honoring tickets for subway service from Penn, Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica stations.

Are you in the Northeast trying to catch the MTA, LIRR, or NJ transit service today? Having any luck?



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