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MTA prepares for excessive heat

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)
June 20, 2012 9:34:12 PM PDT
The MTA has begun preparations for the excessive heat that is set to arrive in the New York metropolitan area.

The heat has the potential to impact commutes if the MTA decides to reduce power.

The heat can affect subway and train signals as well as overhead power lines. Elevator and escalator service may also have be reduced to cut energy consumption.

"While we are obligated to reduce power consumption, we will make every effort to provide safe and reliable service throughout our entire network," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. "While extreme temperatures can affect our equipment and infrastructure, we will do everything possible to avoid service disruptions."

Commuters are being urged to monitor the current service status on the MTA homepage in order to plan their trips accordingly.

If you use a station with an elevator and escalator, you can monitor NYCT's elevator and escalator status page for updates.

FOR TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT, CLICK HERE

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ONLINE: mta.info

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