Superstorm Sandy Update: Travel Edition

As many are well aware, Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc across the Mid-Atlantic, but, without a doubt, New York and New Jersey have been hit hardest. The subway system is flooded, millions are without power, and all major airports are closed. Here are some updates on various transportation services and infrastructural things throughout the East Coast.

Note: Updates are still rolling in across wires and other news sources. This post will be updated as soon as information becomes available.

New York / New Jersey

John F. Kennedy Airport (New York)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that JFK may reopen Wednesday, October 31, although that is not a definite. Pictures posted by the Port Authority yesterday morning showed heavy flooding on the runways of JFK, and that was even before Sandy made landfall.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

LaGuardia has become something of a cruise terminal, and pictures obtained by The Flying Pinto and JetBlue show massive flooding that canvasses the entire airport. Cuomo said that LaGuardia will not be reopening on Wednesday, and gives no further information about when the airport will be cleared for operations.

The Flying Pinto


JetBlue / The Flying Pinto

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Newark’s Liberty International Airport is closed at this time. The FAA is unable to provide an estimated time or date of reopening.

New York City Subway System

Despite rumors to the contrary, the MTA has stated multiple times that they are unable to estimate a time or date when service will resume until a damage assessment is made, and in order to make a damage assessment, the water needs to recede. However, it is clear that there is likely to be a large amount of damage, based solely on the stunning photos of flooding we’ve seen from underneath New York City. Seven railroad tunnels are flooded under the East River.  Photos released by the MTA show water gushing into the Hoboken, NJ PATH station.




Washington, DC


All three Washington-area airports are open, but the number of flights departing or arriving remain minimal. Airlines have cancelled many flights to/from Washington’s Reagan National (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD) airports, as well as Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Check with your airline before proceeding to the airport.


Metrorail and Metrobus services resume with modified schedules today from 2:00 PM EDT. Metrorail trains will run every 8 to 15 minutes, and may take 30 minutes to reach initial points of service from service reintroduction. Metrobus service will run on a Sunday schedule. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31, all Metro services will be restored to their normal schedules.



Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

The airport is open for operations. However, cancellations remain widespread. Check with your airline before proceeding to the airport.


SEPTA services remain halted, except in the cases of the following services. Click here to view services that have been resumed as of press time.