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MTA Prepares for High Winds and Heavy Rain Expected Sunday Evening

Updated December 8, 2023 3:30 p.m.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels to Implement Ban on Empty Tractor-Trailers and Tandem Trucks Starting Sunday at 6:00 p.m. 

MTA Crews Prepositioned to Respond to Weather-Related Issues 


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is closely monitoring weather conditions this weekend to ensure safe, reliable service. High winds and heavy rain are expected to impact the metropolitan area Sunday and into Monday. MTA employees will be poised to respond to any weather-related issues, including removal of trees that may fall across tracks.

Based on the current weather forecast, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will implement a ban on empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks beginning Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6:00 p.m. The ban is expected to be in place until 6:00 a.m., Monday, Dec. 11.

Pedestrian walkways at the Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge will be closed during this time. Pedestrian walkways at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Henry Hudson Bridge will remain open as weather conditions permit.

“Bridges and Tunnels is prepared for the high winds forecasted to pass through the area Sunday into Monday, which pose particular concern on bridges,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Catherine Sheridan. “We will be closely monitoring wind speeds and conditions at our facilities and be ready to respond to any weather-related issues.”

Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates, and to use caution while navigating the system. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA's apps: MYmta and TrainTime.