Andy MattisonJan 2, 2018, 9:58 pmJan 3, 2018, 12:39 pm

How the MTA keeps ice from affecting trains during cold snaps

With snow on the way, transit officials prepare tracks for freezing conditions

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CROTON-ON-HUDSON — MTA officials are making sure the first cold snap of 2018 doesn't affect trains across the area. By constantly monitoring weather conditions at its train stations and service routes, transit officials say they always have an eye on the cold to keep the tracks from freezing.

While heating rods prevent cracking, track switches are treated with an anti-freeze agent and are continually moved by the Operations Control Center to keep things warm. Air brake lines are also purged of moisture so they don't freeze. Anti-freezing agents are also used on door panels.

With the approaching snowstorm, transit officials will be monitoring temperatures and snow counts to keep trains moving during some of the coldest days of the year.

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