New York City to Shutter Mass Transit on Saturday

New York City's mass transit system, which serves eight million riders a day, will be shut ahead of Hurricane Irene at approximately noon on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Friday.

The shutdown includes subways, buses and commuter lines that serve the surrounding suburbs, and the loss of mass transit could complicate any possible evacuations.

(Reporting by Joan Gralla; Editing by Gary Crosse))