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Northeast transit agencies slowly recovering following 'Snowzilla'

Posted on January 25, 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In addition to the limited service already in place Sunday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority began severely limited aboveground service on Monday following Winter Storm Jonas, the Washington Post reports.

With federal, states and local governments shut down, as well as school systems and universities, authorities urged drivers who had been snowbound since Friday to avoid unnecessary trips so that plows could continue their work. For the full story, click here.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is offering free transit rides on Monday to accommodate riders faced with reduced service and schedule changes due to road, track and weather conditions. The MTA, which is gradually resuming service, expects to have all services fully operating by Tuesday, Jan. 26, no later than Wednesday, Jan. 27.

“To show our customers we care, the MTA will offer free transit rides tomorrow across each of our modes,” said MTA Administrator/CEO Paul Comfort. “As the Baltimore-Washington region recovers from the largest snowstorm in our area’s history, the MTA is working around the clock to get services back up and running as soon as possible — all while ensuring the safety of our customers and employees. Tomorrow, we’ll resume limited service on most of our transit modes from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Unfortunately, we won’t operate on our normal schedule due to track and road conditions. But, we’ll do what we can to get our customers where they need to go. The men and women of the MTA are working tirelessly to restore normal service as soon as possible.”

Lastly, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced it would operate almost all mass transit services in time for the Monday morning rush hour, after much of the MTA network was suspended during this weekend’s blizzard. This includes restoring service for nearly 80% of MTA Long Island Rail Road customers, as well as restoring service on the Metro-North Railroad and outdoor subway lines in New York City.

Winter Storm Jonas dropped more than 25 inches of snow throughout several areas in the Northeast, the Weather Channel reports. For more on the storm and its aftermath, click here.

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