Communter railroad, subway and bus service in New York would begin shutting down Sunday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a morning news conference.
Subway and rail service would begin suspensions at 7 p.m., with bus service ending at 9 p.m.
Cuomo said the shutdown was called over safety concerns as Hurricane Sandy approaches the region. In New York, service is expected to be restored 12 hours after the storm passes, the New York Times reported.
NJ Transit was preparing for a possible statewide mass transit shutdown, but no decision had been announced Sunday morning.
Officials have urged residents to stay indoors during the storm and take immediate precautions before Sandy’s expected landfall on Monday. High winds, heavy rain and a potential massive storm surge are forecasted.