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Snow Pounds NYC; Parts Of Tri-State End Up With More Than Foot Of Snow (page 3)

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Preparations began long before the storm hit.

A New York City Department of Sanitation snow alert went into effect at 9 a.m. Sanitation workers began filling up 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows to trucks and putting chains on tires Monday in anticipation of the storm.

New York City alternate side parking is suspended Tuesday and Wednesday, but meters will be in effect.

Department of Public Works yard in Commack, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2014 (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Department of Public Works yard in Commack, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2014 (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Before the storm even began, the MTA prepared all the railroad and transit systems, and bridges, that it controls. De-icers have been prepared on the New York City subway system, and extra bus drivers and mechanics will be brought in.

Extra engineers and signal maintainers were also sent in to keep the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road running.

The MTA has urged customers to leave work early and finish traveling early tonight, especially those who use Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said as the afternoon rush began, the system was largely in good shape.

“So far, things look pretty good on the rails in terms of subways,” Ortiz told CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson. “You know, we’ve got some minor delays, but everything seems to be running pretty well in the subways so far.”

There were weather-related delays on the Metro-North and LIRR, but the commuter transit systems will run on their normal schedules through the evening peak, Ortiz said.

But changed after the rush was over.

The LIRR reduced service on a branch-by-branch basis after 8 p.m., and some trains could be halted before their final destinations.

Service on the Metro-North was also reduced after 8 p.m. A total of 15 trains on the New Haven Line were combined or canceled, and six express lanes from the southeast on the Harlem Line will be combined with local trains to or from North White Plains, making all stops on each train.

Two Harlem Line trains were be canceled.

No changes were planned for the southbound Hudson Line schedule, but on the northbound side, three express or semi-express trains were combined with local trains.

For Wednesday, the MTA said it expected to run close to normal service on the New York City subway system, with express service restored for the morning rush.

City buses are expected to run at 80 to 90 percent of their normal levels, and all articulated and most standard buses will have chains on their tires.

The LIRR will run on a weekend schedule with 60 to 65 percent of the trains that are available on a typical weekday, and the Metro-North will operate at 80 to 85 percent capacity.

LIRR station waiting rooms will remain open around-the-clock through Friday afternoon to accommodate customers waiting for trains during cold and inclement weather.