As Hurricane Sandy continues to churn its way north toward the New York City area, the MTA will wait until tomorrow to make a final determination on any potential service shutdown for Monday and beyond, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said today. Any move to curtail subway and other transit service will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow night with a total shutdown achieved by 3 a.m. on Monday morning. “We’re planning for the worst, we’re hoping for the best, and all decisions will be made on this tomorrow,” Lhota said. “If the storm continues on the path it is on…it’s of great concern to the entire transportation system in New York.”
Lhota is concerned with storm surges of up to four to eight feet as the storm is due to hit south of the city. Such a track would create a potential for damaging surges, high winds and a lot of rainfall, and in the event such shutdown plans are put into place, service will be inconsistent after 7 p.m. tomorrow. I will continue to update the site as news of any potential subway shutdown breaks.