Mass transit grinds to a halt in advance of hurricane

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has started a system-wide shutdown of all forms of transit, including the Metro-North Railroad, around noon today ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival.

It won't reopen again until at least Monday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Westchester's Bee-Line buses will suspend service by Sunday.The Westchester County Airport announced it will close down around 6 p.m. today.

The MTA says systems can't operate in sustained winds higher than 39 mph and that shutting down is a precaution.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) office says major bridges in the region will also close if sustained wind speeds top 60 miles per hour. AP reports contributed to this article.

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