Most Subway Service Restored

Most Subway Service Restored

November 03, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The MTA is keeping New Yorkers up to date on subway service with maps that are constantly updated. Click the map to view the full size. Map courtesy of the MTA.

Update Nov. 8 4:30 PM:

The L train is running with limited service: one train every ten minutes.

G train service was restored on Wednesday.

Update Nov. 4 3:40 PM:

The MTA has reopened the 2/3, 4/5, D, F and J train lines from Brooklyn to Manhattan and issued a release Sunday afternoon alerting residents to allow extra time for their Monday morning commute.

The MTA is working to resume Q train service from Astoria in Queens to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, M train service from Queens to Brooklyn and A train service from 168 St. in Manhattan to Lefferts Blvd. in Queens.

The L train from Brooklyn to Manhattan and the G train from Brooklyn to Queens remain suspended with no estimated time for resuming service.

The Franklin Avenue shuttle service has been restored.

The A train connection to the Rockaways remains suspended because of damage to the North Channel Bridge connecting Howard Beach to Broad Channel, as well as damage to tracks and infrastructure in Broad Channel.

The MTA will bring 20 subway cars to the Rockaways on trucks in order to run a limited shuttle service from Beach 116 St. to Mott Ave., where shuttle buses will carry customers to the Howard Beach station on the A line. No timetable has been established for this service.

To make commuting easier for residents of the Rockaways, the tolls on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Bridge, connecting the Rockaways with the mainland, will be suspended Sunday through the end of November. All EZ-Pass charges incurred since Hurricane Sandy will be retroactively refunded.

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended Monday and Tuesday.

Update Nov. 4, 9:59 AM: has up-to-date maps showing service updates to Metro-North, NYC Subway, NYC buses, the Staten Island Ferry and the Long Island Rail Road.

3 train service is running from 148th Street to New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn.

Limited service has resumed on the D line from 205th Street in the Bronx to Bay Parkway in Brooklyn.

1 train service has been extended south to 14th Street.  2 train service has also been extended and is now running from 241 Street in the Bronx to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.  3 train service has resumed from 148th Street to 42nd Street-Times Square.

Q trains operate between the Kings Highway Station and the Jay Street-MetroTech Station in both directions.

Update Nov. 3, 4:07 PM

New Yorkers with places to go awoke to more good news this weekend. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the MTA had restored 80 percent of the NYC subway system, including subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The L tunnel will not be operational until next week.  Though the governor had announced that fuel trucks in New York City and Long Island would provide gas to emergency vehicles and the general public,  the New York Daily News has reported that an overwhelming demand led the military to limit distribution to emergency workers, according the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

The Staten Island Railway resumes limited service Saturday and is expected to be fully restored in time for the Monday morning rush hour. The Staten Island Ferry has been operating since Friday.

The “high occupancy” vehicle rule at bridges ended Friday evening. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has imposed gas rationing. Drivers can buy gasoline every other day: on odd-numbered days, odd-numbered license plates can purchase gas; on even-numbered days, even-numbered license plates can buy gas.

Below is a regional view of transportation and transit in the Tri-State and metropolitan region. Please add your comments below to help us and other travelers stay on top of the latest updates.

People fill canisters with gas at a Hess Station in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Marc Joseph Rosenblatt.

Fuel Trucks Providing Gas to Public

Trucks  provided by the U.S. Department of Defense and holding 5,000 gallons of gas each have been deployed in coordination with the New York National Guard at the direction of the governor. There are an additional 150,000 gallons of fuel available to restock the trucks throughout the day.  In a change mid-day on Saturday, it was announced that gas distribution will first go only to emergency workers. On Saturday afternoon, Gov. Cuomo provided an update on distribution centers, pipelines and gas stations in the state.

Truck locations:

Queens Armory: 93-05 160th St., Jamaica, NY 11433

Bronx Armory: 10 West 195th St., Bronx, NY 10468

Brooklyn Armory: 1579 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

Staten Island/Elizabeth Armory: 321 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

Freeport Armory: 63 Babylon Turnpike, Freeport, NY 11520

At stations without gas, cars lined up anyway on Friday; some drivers sat in their cars and others left them parked in place. In Brooklyn, police officers monitored many lines. See conditions on a transit tracking tool produced by WNYC at the bottom of this article.


MTA Buses and Subways

The MTA subway recovery map show what lines are operating.

With the power back on in Lower Manhattan and East River tunnels cleared of water, except for the L line, NYC Transit has restored 80 percent of its  subway service as of Saturday. The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains are operating at full service. The F, J, D and M will be fully functional by later Saturday morning. Service on the A line will return on Monday. There is no timetable for opening the C, E and G lines.

State Senator Daniel Squadron’s Facebook page has posted “full information on subways and shuttle buses.”

Hurricane Sandy, Food, Escalator under Water at South Ferry

Escalator under water at South Ferry subway station. Photo: Flickr/MTAPhotos

Beyond electricity outages, flooding in Lower Manhattan had filled stations there with water.  The South Ferry station at the tip of the island and in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal was filled track-to-ceiling with water after Sandy.

Access-A-Ride began limited service Wednesday.  Those who need a ride for medical necessities (dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation) can call 1-877-337-2017.

East River Ferry

Photo of East River Ferry by ParkCentralNY, courtesy of NY Waterway’s East River Ferry.

Ferries will run on two modified routes between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m. A northern loop stops at North Williamsburg, Long Island City, and East 34th Street. A southern loop stops at North Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO and Wall Street/Pier 11. There will be free transfers at North Williamsburg.


Long Island Rail Road

The LIRR has restored hourly weekend service (Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4) to the LIRR’s four largest branches (Port Washington, Ronkonkoma, Babylon and Huntington) to Penn Station. October passes are valid through Nov. 5.

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North resumes regular train service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines starting Nov. 3. October passes are valid through Nov. 5.

New Jersey Transit and PATH

Governor Cuomo assesses damage to the Path Train Station at the World Trade Center site. Photo courtesy of the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NJ Transit bus service on 68 bus routes in northern and central New Jersey and 18 bus routes in southern New Jersey are providing service over the entire routes.

Modified rail service on the Northeast Corridor has resumed, serving locations such as New Brunswick, Newark and New York Penn Station. There is no other train service at this time.

The Morris & Essex line, the “Midtown Direct” service and a major line feeding commuters to New York City, is offline indefinitely.

The River Line light rail service is operating on a Sunday schedule between Trenton Transit Center and the Entertainment Center in Camden.

Bridges and Tunnels

The BQE in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, was bumper to bumper with cars headed toward the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan on Oct. 31, 2012. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral

All of the bridges operated by MTA Bridges & Tunnels are open, except the Cross Bay Bridge. Check for online updates on bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Gov. Cuomo announced that the Holland Tunnel would open one lane on Friday for bus services (heading east in the morning, west in the evening).

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, there is no longer a “high occupancy vehicle” rule for using the four East River bridges, or the  Lincoln Tunnel, Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) and Henry Hudson Bridge.

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (Hugh L. Carey Tunnel) and Queens Midtown Tunnel remain closed.

Taxis and Livery Cabs

An executive order signed by Mayor Bloomberg on Tuesday permits cab drivers to pick up multiple passengers. Livery drivers can also pick up passengers anywhere in the city. Regarding livery cabs, Mayor Bloomberg cautioned: “Make sure the car has a TLC license plate.”


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