Suburban alerts: some MTA express buses canceled; trains run every 20 minutes

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Commuters will have to wait longer than usual for certain express buses and Staten Island Railway trains during Tuesday’s frigid rush hour.

Due to understaffing, some trips have been canceled for various MTA express buses. Affected routes include SIM1, SIM2, SIM4, SIM8, SIM8X, SIM9, SIM10, SIM11, SIM25, SIM26 and SIM31, according to MTA’s Twitter feed.

Throughout the working week, trains run every 20 minutes and make all stops during the morning and evening rush hours. The affected days and times are until Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to the MTA website.

Staten Islanders who commute to work and school on Tuesday should bundle up and prepare for the freezing temperatures, as Tuesday could be one of the coldest days in recent years.

An icy peak of just 21 degrees is forecast for our borough and the deep cold is brought on by potential wind gusts of up to 39 mph, according to AccuWeather.com.

Mercury stubbornly sticks in teens with zero or less wind chill factors as commuters leave their warm homes and walk towards cars, buses, and trains.

The good news is we should have mostly sunny skies so it might look a bit warmer than it really is before temperatures likely drop in the teens after sunset tonight, according to AccuWeather. com.

“If you must be outside, be prepared for wind and cold, dress in layers and wear a hat, thick coat, and gloves or mittens,” according to the National Weather Service. “Frostbite can happen in a short time, so dress in layers and make sure all exposed skin is protected. “

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