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Mass turtle crossing delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning.  The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs.  They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.

A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land."  150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below).  Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.

original stories

JFK Airport Runway Closed Due to Turtles (NYC Aviation)

Flight delays as JFK airport runway taken over by turtles! (New York Daily News)

Turtles halt flights at JFK airport (The Daily Telegraph)

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JFK, LGA, EWR, trains, buses all shut down for snow in NYC

On account of the first blizzard of winter 2010-2011, transportation and infrastructure in the City of New York is all but shut down this morning.  Reuters reported that "up to 29 inches of snow" fell on the area.  And the region's three largest airports, Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR), and LaGuardia (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA) have shut down, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, and stranding tens of thousands of post-Christmas travelers.

Earlier this morning a camera aimed at an intersection near Times Square showed absolutely no automobile traffic on the road, at an hour of the day when it is usually very crowded.  Moreover, the Associated Press reported that two subway trains operating near Kennedy International had been stranded overnight for "several hours" on the tracks.  Ice formation on the third rail, which delivers the electricity necessary to power the trains, caused the lengthy delay.

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority advised travelers to expect delays on all bus routes, to expect limited service buses to make local stops, and to expect delays on subway routes.  All Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service has been suspended indefinitely "in both directions."  Metro-North service is suspended indefinitely on the Hudson, New Haven, and Harlem lines; and there are service disruptions on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.

AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, which provide service from local transit hub and subway stops to the airport terminals, have also suspended service indefinitely, and are being temporarily replaced by bus service.

original stories

New York hard hit as winter storm slams northeast (Yahoo News)

East Coast storm strands travelers, vexes drivers (Yahoo News)

NYC subway stalled for hours in snow drifts (Yahoo News)

New York Metropolitan Transit Authority Official Website