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Transit crews focus on restoring service in Brooklyn


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Update: Riders will still have trouble getting around Brooklyn by bus or train Wednesday, the MTA said.

Sections of the Q, N, and B lines aren't running, and there are still many snow-blocked streets buses can't travel down, an MTA spokesman said Wednesday morning.

But bus travel is improving elsewhere.

"Routes in those other boroughs in the vast majority of cases are back up and running," though some may have delays or detours, spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.

Update: Most bus and train service will improve for Wednesday’s morning commute, but some train and bus lines in Brooklyn will likely still have problems, the MTA said Tuesday afternoon.

Crews continue to get rid of snow on the B, N, Q, an L lines, and it’s unclear if they will be done by Wednesday morning, spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said.

Meanwhile, workers are shoveling out 250 buses still stuck in the snow in mostly Brooklyn.

About 1,000 buses were trapped Tuesday. Some buses around the city had tire chains during the storm, Parker said, but heavy snowfall makes them less effective.

“Chains really work well when the snow is sort of powdery and you need to get traction,” she said. “When it gets packed down it’s not as helpful.”

Riders should expect slow bus rides Wednesday along routes where streets remain unplowed.

“Especially in Brooklyn, we have roads that are impassable,” Parker said.

Express bus service is back, except the X31 and BM3, she said.

Earlier: While many trains and buses are still running with delays, riders can expect smoother rides home Tuesday night.

 “We can serve more people today than yesterday,” said MTA spokeswoman Deirdre Parker.

Trains in Manhattan are running with slight delays, but lines in Brooklyn have significant problems as crews dig out a dozen trains that are still stuck along the N, Q and L lines, Parker said.

The B line in Brooklyn is also suspended, and the shuttle between Broad Channel and Rockaway Park in Queens.

Plan for a slow bus ride around the city on Tuesday, too.

“A lot of streets still need plowing,” Parker said. “Abandoned cars are making that a little more difficult.”

The agency hopes to fully restore normal service by Wednesday, she said.


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