WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Trains and buses in Westchester County will be suspended Sunday evening, as officials brace residents to get prepared for Hurricane Sandy.
With the huge storm approaching, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) moved buses and trains to higher ground as they get set to suspend service beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
In a public announcement on the MTA website, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the final Metro-North Commuter Railroad trains would be departing their stations no later than 7 p.m.
“I have directed the MTA to put its hurricane plan into action to help New Yorkers prepare for the storm, and protect the vital assets of the region’s transportation system,” he said. “New Yorkers need to take action now to protect themselves.”
It remains uncertain how long public transit will be out of service.
Subways in New York City will be restricted beginning at 7 p.m., and bus service will be curtailed starting at 9 p.m. There were similar suspensions a year ago when Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc in the area. Public schools in New York City will also be closed Monday as the state prepares for the storm.
“Suspending the largest transportation system in North America is a monumental effort, and it is imperative that we start the process before we make a final decision, and before the worst of Hurricane Sandy reaches us,” MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota said. “That means all of our 8.5 million daily customers need to prepare for the storm and be ready to complete travel by 7 p.m., Sunday.”
The MTA will also suspend service on the Long Island Rairoad at 7 p.,m.