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The MTA Braces for Storm [VIDEO]

Visit the MTA website and download apps to stay on top of service changes and interruptions, said Howard Permt, Metro North president.

MTA officials are doing what they can to protect the train lines in advance of the storm, Metro North President Howard Permut, said Friday morning.

"We are cleaning out drains and removing debris we have it, anything to protect the right of way in advance of the upcoming storm," he said, speaking at a press conference about Metro North's station enhancement program, held in Bedford Hills. "Our plans will become clearer as we continue to monitor the forecast."

Permut said the best way for customers to stay on top of commuter information, service interruptions and changes would be through the MTA website. Customers may also receive information via apps for a variety of hand-held devices at the MTA app page.

Since last year's October snowstorm, the transporation authority has done a lot of work in order to be better prepared for future storms, said Permut.

"Last year we had two huge events during the fall storms—on our Port Jervis line, and here in the Hudson Valley. We have improved drainage and trimmed trees, but all need to do is look around and see how many trees there are to  know there will be trees down and flooding and mudslides," he said.

Permut acknowledged MTA staff whom he said worked efficiently last year and will again do so in the coming days to get trains moving quickly again.

"Hundreds of trees down on the Harlem Line during last year's Halloween storm—our work force came out immediately and worked 24-48 hours to clear the right of way for our customers," he said.

Check back with Patch for more on the improvements made to stations throughout New York and Connecticut.

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