Snow snarls travel

The Q29 takes on the 80th Street bridge over the freight rail tracks in Glendale Friday morning as the snow comes back after a hiatus that began Thursday afternoon.

City officials and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel through Friday because of a storm that is forecast to drop between 4 and 9 inches of snow by Friday evening. 
 
The MTA said there may be some delays, though the agency is not anticipating any closures.
 
"While we are encouraging riders to avoid nonessential travel, the system will be running for essential workers," said Demetrius Crichlow, acting executive vice president of New York City Transit's Department of Subways, in a press release.
 
The MTA said it is not expecting to have to close any of its 220 miles of aboveground tracks. Some delays may result from taking subway cars from their normal rail yards and storing them in tunnels.
 
Articulated buses have been temporarily removed from service, and transportation officials said they are working closely with the city's Department of Sanitation, which directs snow removal operations, in order to keep bus routes clear. 
 
Access-a-Ride services are continuing, though the MTA said delays are possible. 
 
The MTA said the speed limit on its bridges has been reduced to 35 miles per hour.
 
Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended through Saturday, though parking meter regulations will remain in effect.
 
The city's Department of Transportation said on its Twitter page that Open Streets and outdoor street dining are suspended. Sidewalk dining facilities can remain open.

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