Queens transport services make a comeback after overnight disruption caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida – QNS.com
While some streets in Queens remain closed due to nightly flooding, much of the borough’s subways, buses and air traffic to LaGuardia and JFK are returning to normal. (Courtesy of the Office of City Councilor Robert Holden)
Subway service was restored to limited service on all lines in Queens on Thursday, September 2 at noon, with the exception of the W, which remains the only suspended subway line in the borough as a result of the Hurricane Ida.
Thousands of MTA workers began pumping water from flooded subway tunnels, removing debris, including downed trees and suburban vegetation and rail tracks.
Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at a press briefing with city leaders in Jamaica and praised MTA workers for working through the night to restore metro service following catastrophic flooding .
“Where we have a vulnerability is in our streets, with the higher elevations now. With the flash floods, previously unknown. This is the first time that we have had a flash flood of this proportion in New Town. York and the outlying areas, “Hochul said.” We’ve never experienced this before, but we should expect it next time. “
New York City buses operate near normal service levels with some detours due to certain road conditions. Access-A-Ride is working but reports delays due to heavy traffic conditions.
Blasio’s administration has announced that the regulations on alternative side parking are suspended today to facilitate storm response. Payment at parking meters remains in effect in the five boroughs.
Flooded roads continue to cause closures and sporadic detours in some areas such as Queens Boulevard near the Queens Center shopping mall.
City Councilor Robert Holden said his office was aware of several flooded roads, including Cooper Avenue in Glendale, and was coordinating with NYC Water and NYC DOT to have them reopened.
The port authority on Thursday reported minimal delays and cancellations at JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, after dozens of flights were canceled overnight. Both airport roads are clear or nearly clear after the flooding subsides overnight.
The port authority advises passengers to contact their airlines regarding the status of the flight before heading to LaGuardia or JFK.