Morning Traffic Update: Thruway reopens for cars; I-84, LIE closed until 8 a.m.


The New York State Thruway reopened to passenger cars at 5 p.m. but remains closed to commercial traffic until 8 a.m.

Interstate 84 and the Long Island Expressway remains closed for all traffic until 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning.

The Tappan Zee Bridge speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph and truck traffic is banned until 8 a.m.

Trains are running on a limited schedule as snow pummels the New York City area.

Here’s some of the details from Cuomo, via press release:

  • On the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) between exit 24 in Albany and the New York City border, the vehicle ban has been lifted for passenger cars only at 5:00 a.m. The commercial vehicle ban remains in effect until 8:00 a.m.
  • On Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders, the ban on commercial and passenger vehicles has been extended until 8:00 a.m.
  • On the Long Island Expressway in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the ban on commercial and passenger vehicles has been extended until 8:00 a.m.

New York City Subway

Subway cars were stored underground on express tracks to protect the equipment. Because of this, all trains will run local for the start of the morning rush hour, until all stored trains are moved from the express tracks.


Customers can anticipate delays throughout the city due to road conditions. The Department of Buses has installed tire chains on all buses going into service this morning and will run at about 85 percent capacity. Routes and service levels will be evaluated as the storm continues. If conditions deteriorate, service may be further curtailed this morning.

Long Island Rail Road

LIRR will be operate on a weekend schedule as a result of the anticipated blizzard-like, white-out conditions expected from the winter storm, which threatens to deposit 6-10 inches of snow, or more, on Long Island combined with gusty winds and drifting snow.

With the implementation of the weekend schedule, there will be no service between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and no service on the West Hempstead Branch. Bus service will be provided between Greenport and Ronkonkoma.

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North will operate a Saturday schedule. Depending on the time of day, this schedule provides approximately 60% of normal weekday trains. The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry and Newburgh-Beacon Ferry will not operate and the Hudson Rail Link will operate on a special schedule.


We’ve over 13,000 customer cancellations. Paratransit customers may experience additional travel and wait times. Depending on conditions, customers may want to reconsider travel, unless medically necessary.

Bridges and Tunnels

All MTA bridges and tunnels remain open. Due to high winds and road conditions motorists are asked to drive at reduced speeds.

Customers can check on updated conditions posted in the Current Service Status at for further service information.


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