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NYC Traffic Report for Tuesday, October 16: Presidential Debate Causing Closures
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16 Oct 2012 04:43 PM EST

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: The Long Island Railroad is facing some problems today—but not due to the debate, as would be expected. (Image Source: MTA)

As the second presidential debate on the campus of Hofstra University looms, causing many road closures in the area, New York City is facing its own transportation problems.

Not much has changed in Long Island traffic-wise today, though backups are definitely imminent in the area. Earl Ovington Blvd. is closed to all traffic between Hempstead Turnpike and Charles Lindbergh Blvd. until midnight. Also, no commercial traffic is allowed on Hempstead Turnpike between Oak Street and Merrick Ave. until midnight. Westbound commercial traffic will be diverted at Merrick Ave. and Hempstead Turnpike and eastbound commercial traffic will be diverted at Oak Street and Hempstead Turnpike. All lanes of Hempstead Turnpike will remain open to passenger vehicles, but motorists should expect periodic delays on Hempstead Turnpike and the surrounding area due to intermittent road closings throughout the day, especially near Hofstra University’s main entrance and the Nassau Coliseum.

In New York City’s subway system, due to signal problems at the Aqueduct Racetrack Station, expect delays in Manhattan-bound A trains at this time—but all other trains are running normally.

Meanwhile, the Long Island Railroad is facing a few issues of its own. On the Montauk Line, buses replace peak and off-peak trains between Speonk and Montauk beginning from 2 a.m. October 16 to 2:30 a.m. October 19 to accommodate a bridge modernization project. Westbound customers should depart 40 minutes earlier than normal, and eastbound customers should also anticipate 40 minutes of additional travel time. Meanwhile, the 4:05 p.m. Port Jefferson train from Huntington due into Penn Station at 5:14 p.m. is operating 16 minutes late after being held due to an equipment problem. All other trains are running normally.

Most Metro-North trains are running normally, though as usual, buses are substituting for trains on the Port Jervis line between Port Jervis and Harriman between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until November 9.

As usual, city buses are facing delays.

M2 and M3 buses are bypassing the bust top on 168th St. and Broadway. M15 buses are detoured due to a broken down non-MTA bus at South St. and Whitehall. M96 buses are facing a temporary stop change due to construction, and M9 and M50 buses are also detoured due to construction. M20 and M22 buses are detoured and facing stop changes due to the Chambers Street Reconstruction Project. Finally, M11 buses are also delayed due to construction on Columbus Ave. between W 64th St. and W 63rd St.

B35 buses are also detoured due to construction on Church Ave. between Flatbush and Rogers Ave. Due to construction, Bx28 and Bx30 bus service is bypassing the bus stop at Gun Hill Rd. and Bronxwood Ave. in both directions. Customers can board at Golden Ave. Bx12SBS, Bx29 and Bx38 buses are detoured due to construction.

Q40 buses are detoured due to DEP work on 142nd St. between 120th St. and Foch Blvd. in both directions.

All bridges and tunnels are running smoothly throughout the city.

For more information, visit the MTA.

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