NYC Shuts Transit Ahead of Sandy MTA closing down at 7pm tonight as storm approaches By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Oct 28, 2012 9:54 AM CDT 10 comments Comments Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers cover an entrance to the Canal Street A, C, and E station with plywood to help prevent flooding, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in New York. (Mary Altaffer) (Newser) – New York City will indeed shut its bus, subway, and commuter rail services in advance of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. Subways and trains will be suspended starting at 7pm today, with the last buses running at 9pm. He said the decision to shut down the area's bridges and tunnels would be made on a case-by-case basis. Hurricane Sandy was heading north from the Caribbean today and expected to meet a winter storm and a cold front to create a megastorm expected to affect more than 800 miles. With a daily ridership of more than 5 million, New York City's subway system is by far the nation's largest. The service suspension was the second in two years, following a shutdown during Tropical Storm Irene last year. Click for more on Hurricane Sandy.