Local residents should plan to stay put this weekend. New Jersey Transit will suspend all rail service Saturday starting at noon, and all bus, light rail and Access Link service starting at 6 p.m., according to a service advisory issued by the agency Friday afternoon. In New York City, the MTA will suspend all subway, bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and Access-A-Ride service starting at about noon, according to the authority's website.
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Trains that originated at terminals before 12 p.m. will continue to their final destinations, according to the advisory. Buses and light rail services already en route at 6 p.m. will complete their trips. Train station waiting rooms controlled by the agency will remain open through the weekend at all locations.
Access Link will not accept reservations for trips not scheduled to return customers to their homes before 6 p.m. Saturday. In addition, all reservations that have been made for trips after 6 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday have been canceled.
Subway and bus lines will begin shutting down at about 12 p.m., about eight hours before New York City is expected to experience sustained winds of 39 mph, according to the MTA's website.
MTA bridges will close if winds reach sustained speeds of 60 mph, but they may close sooner if high winds are coupled with other weather-related conditions, such as flooding, according to the website. Each of the MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Finally, there will be no scheduled pickups after 12 p.m. on Saturday, but Access-A-Ride will be be working with the Office of Emergency Management to provide vehicles for the evacuation for disabled residents. There also will be no Access-A-Ride service all-day Sunday or Monday morning.