NYC prepares for possible public transit shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) - Transit officials in New York are preparing for a possible shutdown of subway, bus and train service if Hurricane Sandy continues to bear down on the metropolitan region.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order on Saturday directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to start planning for an orderly suspension of service.

A decision on whether to suspend service won't be made until Sunday.

If the decision is made to halt service, New York City subways and buses would start phasing out service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road would suspend service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

All customers leaving Sunday's Jets game in New Jersey would be accommodated. But a special train from New Haven, Conn. to the Meadowlands has been canceled.

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