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Major Delays Still A Factor For Railways, Airports

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Getting around, out of and into the city remains difficult as there are major delays and cancellations on all forms of transportation.

Flights coming in to JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports resumed late Monday evening while a majority of service is still suspended on the Long Island Rail Road.

The cancellations stranded scores of passengers who were trying to get out of town.

Since the storm hit, more than 5,000 flights have been canceled throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

"I thought sitting at home in my New York apartment isn't being very proactive, and I need to get to Miami to make a connection, so I thought come on out to LaGuardia and see what we can do," said one traveler.

"At Heathrow Airport in London, I was stopped there for a little while because of the snow, so I was stopped two days in London,” said another. “Then I came to New York LaGuardia, figured everything was all right, then another blizzard. So I'm stuck her there for two days, that's four days so far. Now I'm here hoping I can get to Miami and from there to St. Kits.”

As a result of the snow, many airlines are waiving the fees normally charged when travel plans are changed.

The Associated Press reported Monday evening that the popular travel period between Christmas and New Years means that it might take two or three days – or possibly longer – before all stranded passengers can be rebooked onto other flights.

As of 5:30 p.m. the Long Island Rail Road has restored limited Port Washington branch service eastbound from Penn Station.

All other service in both directions remains suspended at this time.

NYC Transit said it would honor LIRR tickets for subway service at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.

LIRR officials said the railroad would continue throughout the morning to operate equipment trains to clear snow from the tracks.

LIRR commuters are urged to check with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at mta.info for delays and cancellations.

Subways and buses were continuing to operate, but as of Monday afternoon the MTA was still reporting that service had been suspended on portions of the S, A, C, E, B, D, F, M, N, Q and R lines. There were also service delays reported on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and L lines.

As of 6:30 p.m.:

Uptown 4 and 5 train service is running local between the Bowling Green Station and 125th Street.

Service on the 5 train is suspended between the East 180th Street Station and the Eastchester-Dyre Avenue Station.

Due to the weather, 7 train service is running express between the 74th Street-Broadway Station and the Queensboro Plaza Station.

Service on the A train is suspended between Euclid Avenue Station and the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in both directions.

B train service is suspended between Bedford Park Boulevard Station and the Brighton Beach Station. Also, due to inclement weather, M train service is suspended between the Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue Station and the Forest Hills-71st Avenue Station.

Additionally, D train service is suspended between the 36th Street Station in Brooklyn and the Stillwell Avenue Station in both directions at this time.

F train service is suspended between the Church Avenue Station and the Jay Street-Metro Tech Station.

G train service is suspended between the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station and the Church Avenue Station.

L train service is suspended between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues Station and the Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Station.

There is no Q train service between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station and Dekalb Avenue Station in both directions at this time. There is also no N train service between the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and the 59th Street Station in both directions at this time.

Lastly, there is no Franklin S in both directions between the Franklin Avenue Station and the Prospect Park Station. There's also no service on Rockaway Park shuttle between the Euclid Avenue Station and the Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street Station.

Commuters can get service updates from the MTA's website at mta.info.

It was a really rough morning for nearly a dozen passengers of A train that was stuck in Queens for over six hours.

New York City Transit spokesman Charles Seaton says that snow drifts and ice on the third rail stalled trains at the Broad Channel and Aqueduct stops in Queens, north and south of JFK Airport.

NY1 art director Christopher Mullen was among those stranded and said a rescue train arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and got the train moving. He, and about a dozen others were without food, water or heat throughout the night.

Passengers on at least one bus on Staten Island became stranded after it got stuck in a snow drift.

"We're running buses but there are dozens of buses still remain stuck in the snow that we are digging out," said Charles Seaton of transit operations at NYC Transit. "The streets in some areas are impassible. It's difficult to climb hills with buses. If you don't have to go out, don't."

While there are still delays, service was restored just before 12:30 p.m. on all three Metro-North Railroad lines. There will be hourly service in both directions on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines using diesel equipment. All trains will make all local stops.

On city streets, meter rules were suspended on Sunday and alternate side of the street parking was suspended through Monday.

Recycling and trash collection has also been suspended citywide to facilitate the clearing of the streets.

Amtrak canceled all of Sunday's train service between New York City and Boston and Portland, Maine. Normal service resumed Monday afternoon. Service between New York and Washington was unaffected.

For information on Amtrak schedule information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.

New Jersey Transit has suspended all service into and out of Penn Station because of a signal problem.

The problem is also said to be affecting Amtrak service.

NJ Transit officials say they are working to resolve the issue and expects trains to be running again soon.

Meantime, NJ Transit will restore bus service systemwide beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The rail service will also operate on an enhanced weekend schedule on Tuesday on all lines except the Atlantic City Rail Line.

The Staten Island Ferry is operating hourly.

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