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Long Island Rail Road, buses, roads: What to expect


Passengers are few at Penn Station in Manhattan during the height of Tuesday's morning rush hour on March 14, 2017. (Credit: Newsday / Alfonso A. Castillo)

Long Island didn’t see as much snow accumulation or the blizzard conditions that initially had been predicted, but the precipitation that has fallen is still affecting transportation on the Island and into New York City. Here’s a roundup of delays, disruptions and other service notes.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road continues to operate on a normal schedule, with scattered delays and some cancellations.

On the LIRR, some of the most significant service disruptions of the day impacted riders on the Long Beach branch, where service was partially suspended shortly before 5 p.m. because the Reynolds Channel Bridge could not be closed. The railroad canceled six trains on the branch and customers had to take buses to travel east of Island Park.

The Babylon and Port Washington branch were also on or close to schedule by 6:30, after experiencing delays earlier in the evening commute.


The Port Authority is urging travelers to call their airlines before traveling to New York-area airports Wednesday, and said passengers without a confirmed flight should not travel to the three major airports in the metropolitan area.

After the winter storm forced the cancellation of about 85 percent of the flights at LaGuardia Airport, Kennedy Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port Authority said it expects significant vehicular traffic at the airports, and encouraged travelers to use mass transit.

AirTrain JFK is operating normally. AirTrain Newark service has resumed with limited service.


Cuomo said at a news conference on Long Island that drivers should continue to stay off the roads.

“Just because we didn’t have as much snow doesn’t mean it’s not treacherous on the roads. Stay inside,” he said, adding that it’s important for authorities to be able to clear the roads “before the weather drops tonight and slush freezes.”

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said there had been a total of 10 traffic crashes reported in the county between 4 and 8 a.m., but that three of those involved one incident by Exit 55 on Sunrise Highway.

In total, Nassau police by midmorning had responded to about 30 nonserious traffic crashes countywide, primarily spinouts and fender benders, County Executive Edward Mangano said at a news conference in Bethpage.

The most serious crash, he said, involved an overturned vehicle on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 42.

Bus routes

All Suffolk Transit fixed route and SCAT bus service are canceled Tuesday, Suffolk County announced Monday.

Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE bus, had said passengers should expect major delays, service modifications, detours and potential service suspensions in the early afternoon.

Around 5:30 p.m., NICE Bus announced it had restored service on the n21, n23 and n27, which were suspended or detoured earlier in the day.


The George Washington Bridge, Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the Staten Island bridges are all open. The GWB has a 35 mph speed restriction, and the Staten Island bridges have a 25 mph speed restriction , according to the Port Authority.

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