MTA New York City Transit Preps Ahead of Late Winter Storm

Credit: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

MTA New York City Transit is prepared for the late winter storm coming to the MTA service region that is forecast to blast the area with several inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Ahead of the storm, expected to hit the area early Wednesday through Thursday, New York City Transit has deployed equipment and personnel in preparation for significant snow accumulation. Equipment includes de-icer trains, snowthrowers and jet snowblowers for yards and tracks, debris trains to support clearing fallen trees from tracks, third-rail heaters, track switch and stop heaters, and ice-scraping shoes installed on diesel and passenger trains. Some articulated buses will be taken off the road and replaced by regular 40-foot buses, and all local buses will be chained. NYC Transit also deploys snow-fighting equipment to supplement plowing efforts across the city.

 Additional personnel are manning special command centers for subway, bus and paratransit operations, including posting at strategic locations to respond to problems more rapidly.  Work trains will operate in open areas to keep tracks clear of snow and ice, and much construction and maintenance work will be suspended during the storm.  Signal maintainers will perform winterization procedures including releasing condensation from the air line network and running diesel locomotives to assist in clearing ice from signal stop arms. Workers will sand and salt platforms, stairs and other station surfaces in advance of snowfall and clear accumulation as necessary.

Subway, bus and paratransit customers should expect weather-related delays and changes in service. Customers should take extra care in navigating snowy streets and platforms at elevated stations, and bus customers should take care when getting on and off buses. Paratransit customers are advised to delay travel unless medically necessary. 

Some express subway service may be replaced by local service beginning Wednesday afternoon, as underground express tracks are used to store trains normally kept in open yards. For the latest service updates, visit, follow NYC Transit on Twitter at @NYCTSubway and @NYCTBus, or sign up for email and text-message updates at