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MTA Shut Down In New York: As Hurricane Sandy Nears, Subway And Bus Service Suspended After 7PM Sunday

A MTA worker locks up the gates at Union Square station as the city’s entire mass transit system beginning at noon will shut
A MTA worker locks up the gates at Union Square station as the city’s entire mass transit system beginning at noon will shut down August 27, 2011 to prepare for Hurricane Irene. It’s the first time mass transit has been shut down because of a natural disaster. The hurricane is expected New York City by late Saturday or Sunday. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the MTA will suspend all mass transit service beginning at 7PM on Sunday.

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The "orderly suspension" will shut down all subway, bus, and commuter rail service in New York City.

MTA chief Jay Lhota said service should be restored by Wednesday.

From The AP:

The city's mass transit system is the nation's largest. The subway alone has a daily ridership of more than 5 million.

Rainfall is expected to start late Sunday or early Monday in New York. Hurricane Sandy is headed north from the Caribbean to meet a winter storm and a cold front. Experts say the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

In addition to MTA transit, all PATH and Northeast Amtrak service is suspended through Monday. New Jersey Transit is also suspended.

In Philadelphia, mass transit service is also suspended due to the storm. Additionally, over 5,000 flights scheduled to arrive and depart along the East Coast have been canceled due to the weather.

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