Snows shutter Northeast passenger, commuter rail systems

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Sweeper trains are helping to keep tracks clear on above ground segments of the New York City subway on Tuesday afternoon.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority
NEW YORK — Winds and heavy snow are still wreaking havoc in the Northeast U.S. Tuesday afternoon where several passenger systems have suspended their operations.

Amtrak announced mid-morning on Tuesday that it was suspending its Northeast Corridor service from New York City to Boston until further notice. Similarly, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad also shut down all of its operations.

The New York City subway suspended above ground service at 4 a.m. Tuesday where passersby took photos of a desolate Grand Central Terminal during what would have been Tuesday’s morning rush hour.

In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road was braving the winter weather with the assistance of 1,500 workers, more than 360 snow blowers, front-end loaders, and more than a half-dozen rail-mounted jet blowers.

Other agencies are also operating, but on modified schedules. NJ Transit deployed a weekday schedule that resembled more of a limited weekend service on almost all of its commuter rail lines. The agency’s Hudson-Bergen light rail line also adopted a weekend schedule. In Pennsylvania, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority operated a similar schedule where most of its passenger trains ran on weekend-like schedules.

In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was offering a modified schedule on its commuter rail network. In Connecticut, Shore Line East decided to suspend all of its trains on Tuesday morning until further notice.

The combination of a nor'easter and a Midwest snow storm is projected to dump between 12 to 20 inches from Washington along the East Coast to Maine. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in all 62 New York counties Monday evening, closing schools and all non-essential government offices.

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