New York suspends subway, bus, trains

2012-10-28 16:50

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New York - New York City will suspend its train, subway and bus service on Sunday night ahead of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to bring strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

"If it turns and moves off, great. Really great. But if not then we will be prepared for it," Cuomo said.

The service is expected to resume operations about 12 hours after the storm ends, officials said at the news conference.

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said service on subways will be curtailed beginning at 19:00 (23:00 GMT). The bus network will begin shutting down within the next two hours.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will start their finals trains by 19:00 from terminal locations. Stations will close once the last trains pass through.

Meanwhile AFP reports airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights into airports along the US east coast ahead of the arrival of a major storm, authorities said on Sunday.

Air France cancelled all flights into New York and Washington on Monday while US airlines have called off hundreds of domestic flights.

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