NEW YORK--New York City is getting some of its public transportation back, but some of the infrastructure is still damaged. Bus lines have already been running in Manhattan yesterday and today. And now, the subways will soon be available.
MTA has posted on their website that "beginning Thursday morning, there will be limited subway service on several routes, supplemented by a bus shuttle between Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown. There will be no subway service between 34th St in Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn." In addition, the Long Island Rail Road began operating hourly trains service between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal today, and customers will be able to take shuttle buses to Brooklyn and Manhattan tomorrow, the MTA said. Metro-North restored some service on its Harlem line today as well.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news at a press conference today, the Wall Street Journal reported. In total, 14 of New York City's 23 subway lines will resume. There will be "more service literally on a day by day basis," Cuomo said. Seven subway tunnels connecting the Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan have been flooded, and only three have been pumped out so far.
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Cuomo said that officials faced a huge task, as Sandy swept a record storm surge."It was frightening. It was frightening. It looked apocalyptic," Cuomo said of the flooding he witnessed, Reuters reported.
Officials said yesterday that because of the subway stations and rail yards that were flooded, that this has been the biggest disaster for public transportation in the city so far. "The New York City subway system…has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said in a statement.