Updated 08/28/2011 03:26 AM
MTA Puts Brakes On Transit System Ahead Of Storm
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New York City is without subway or bus service this morning as the city hunkers down for Hurricane Irene.
The MTA took the unprecedented step Saturday of shutting down its entire transit system in anticipation of the storm, forcing residents to seek alternative forms of transportation to get around.
The shutdown, which began at noon, also affects Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, Staten Island Railroad and Access-A-Ride.
MTA officials said it took approximately 10 hours to complete the shutdown of its subway, bus and rail network and secure all equipment and facilities.
Officials say there won't be service on Monday morning, and that it's unlikely service will be restored for the Monday evening rush.
They say inspectors will have to check all tracks in the daylight to make sure everything is safe.
Some straphangers who spoke with NY1 say they're doing their best to get where they need to go before the storm hits.
"We're gonna walk all the way home [to] 114th Street, and we're at South Ferry. So we have like three hours," said one city resident.
"We're headed to East 28th Street where we're gonna stay with my brother and gonna see from there. Hopefully it's not gonna be too bad and we can go back to work on Monday," said another.
For drivers, there are no tolls on the Verrazano Bridge, the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Memorial Bridges, and the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges.
Bridges could close if winds get too strong.
Alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended through Monday, and drivers do not have to feed the meters.