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NYC suspending subway service due to snow

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is suspending service on its subway, commuter rail and bus lines on Monday night in anticipation of a large snow storm that has been forecasted to hit the northeast U.S. 

As much as two feet of snow is forecasted to fall in major cities on the East Coast like New York and Boston as part of a weather pattern meteorologists have dubbed “Winter Storm Juno.” 

The New York MTA said it was stopping service on its subway system, which is the busiest transit network in the U.S., for the first time since Hurricane Sandy in 2012 in response to the snow storm. 

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“The MTA is committed to the safety of its customers and its employees, and due to the forecast, will be suspending service on all bus, commuter rail and subway service at 11:00 p.m. this evening,” the agency said on its website. 

“If you don't have to travel between now and later this evening, we urge you to stay home,” the MTA statement continued. “Prior to full service suspension, express service on several subway lines will be curtailed after the evening rush hour to allow subway trains to be stored underground in anticipation of the storm. Railroad cars will also be moved to locations to protect them from the storm.” 

The New York City subway is the busiest public transportation system in the U.S., averaging more than 5 million riders on a daily basis. It has by far more miles of track and stations than any other American transit system.

The New York City subway system carries more than 2 billion each year on 24 subway lines that cover 659 miles of track and service 468 stations.

 

By comparison, the second busiest public transit system in the United States is Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system, which carries more than 200 million passengers per year. The D.C. Metro system has 117 miles and 91 stations.