With a major snowstorm expected to begin in earnest later in the day Friday, Metro-North says it will run additional trains in the afternoon to accommodate customers who wish to head home early. A schedule of this service will be available on the MTA’s website. The railroad is urging riders to take advantage of the extra trains because the possibility exists that evening service may be curtailed.
In anticipation of the storm, track switches are being treated with anti-freeze, and switch heaters are being turned on to keep switches moving freely so trains can continue to be routed from one track to another.
Storm preparation also includes spraying door panels with an anti-freeze agent and purging air brake lines of moisture to prevent them from freezing. Rescue equipment is ready to go, the railroad says, and extra personnel are assigned to key locations throughout the system.
In addition, the rail service is readying 85 portable snow blowers, 115 chainsaws, seven heavy-duty pay-loaders front-end loaders for lifting large volumes of snow, three hot jets (airplane jet engines mounted to a track), five cold-air rail-mounted snow blowers for clearing snow from tracks, and five truck-mounted sand spreaders for use on parking lots and roadways.
Snow removal and tree trimming contractors have been notified and are on standby.