Planes, Trains and Automobiles Getting Moving Again after Blizzard

By Tom Liddy on February 9, 2013 3:50pm | Updated on February 10, 2013 12:49pm

 A Q train leaves the snow-covered Stillwell Avenue station in Brooklyn after Winter Storm Nemo on Feb. 9, 2013.
A Q train leaves the snow-covered Stillwell Avenue station in Brooklyn after Winter Storm Nemo on Feb. 9, 2013.
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Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

NEW YORK CITY — Airports and train service were getting back to normal over the weekend after Winter Storm Nemo ripped through the city, Long Island and New England.

Thousands of flights were canceled at area airports as the storm bore down on the city Friday night, dumping around a foot of snow on the Big Apple.

Planes began flying again out of JFK and LaGuardia around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and limited service began at Newark shortly afterward, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Travelers were urged to check with their airlines before heading out because of the possibility of canceled or delayed flights, but by Sunday morning, there were only a handful of weather-related disruptions at the city's airports, according to FlightAware.com.

Bus service at the Port Authority terminal resumed normal operations at 8 a.m. Saturday, the governor said, and PATH trains as well as the area bridges were operating normally.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that all primary streets, most secondary streets and about 60 percent of the tertiary streets had been plowed as of Saturday morning. For an update on whether your street has been plowed, check the city's PlowTracker website.

But he cautioned that New Yorkers should stay out of their cars so that streets could be properly cleared.

Metro-North service ground to a halt Friday night, but limited service began again on the Hudson and Harlem lines around 11 a.m. Saturday.

As of Sunday afternoon, there was normal Sunday service on the Harlem and Hudson lines, as well as on the New Haven line between Grand Central Terminal and Stamford. Service remained suspended between Stamford and New Haven. 

The Long Island Rail Road, which runs through hard-hit Long Island, resumed limited service on four of its branches — Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and Babylon — on Saturday, and by Sunday nearly all trains were running, though with scattered delays and suspensions, the MTA said.

Subways were largely operating normally Sunday afternoon, but some express trains were still running on the local tracks. The MTA had stored trains underground to avoid them being blocked in by drifting snow, the agency said.

City buses were experiencing weather-related delays, as well as detours, the MTA said. And paratransit van service was running for those vehicles with chains. Sedan service was suspended.

Check the MTA's website for updated information.

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