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New York City gas rationing ends Saturday

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today signed an order lifting the gas rationing system introduced in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

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New Yorkers filling up in Manhattan on the first day of gas rationing on November 9, 2012. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A gas rationing system introduced in New York City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy will be lifted on Saturday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an order today confirming the odd-even license plate system would end at 6:00 a.m., the Associated Press reported.

"More than 85 percent of gas stations in the city are now operational and the available supply of gasoline and diesel fuel is only expected to continue to increase," the city said in a press release, according to NBC News.

The restriction was introduced after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the US east coast more than three weeks ago, leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power and disrupting the region’s gas distribution systems, which quickly led to fuel shortages.

According to DNAinfo, motorists were forced to wait for hours to fill up, leading to fights and price gouging.

Similar rationing systems in New Jersey and on Long Island have already ended.

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