Transportation Options After Sandy

Updated: November 2, 2012 at 09:55 AM
gas station flatbush, brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy Nov. 1, 2012

People waited hours in line at a Hess Station in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Marc Joseph Rosenblatt

Updated Nov. 2, 2012, 10:03 a.m.

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.

On Saturday, subway service was restored on the 4,5,6 lines and the 7 line.

Updated Nov. 2, 2012, 9:55 a.m.

The MTA restored service on an additional two subway lines on Friday and the Holland Tunnel has opened one lane only for bus services. Gas shortages remain a dire problem for people who must drive. The Staten Island Ferry resumes service at noon on Friday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a transportation emergency on Wednesday night and has waived all the fares for the MTA commuter trains, subways and buses on Thursday and Friday. City residents can also now take advantage of the East River Ferry service.

Officials were alarmed with the traffic clogging New York City on Wednesday.

““The gridlock was dangerous, frankly,” Mr. Cuomo said.”

On Thursday morning, traffic had not improved, particularly on approaches to New York City.  An NPR reporter called the city’s traffic the worst traffic situation since 9/11. See conditions on a transit tracking tool produced by WNYC at the bottom of this article.

All day Thursday and Friday, 6 a.m. to midnight, a “high occupancy” vehicle rule is in place on the four East River Bridges, the Lincoln Tunnel, Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) and Henry Hudson Bridge. Vehicles must be carrying at least three people.  The Holland Tunnel reopens Nov. 2 to bus services.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has repeatedly emphasized that restoring mass transit and power are the city’s two priorities. 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.

MTA Buses and Subways

An MTA map shows what subway lines and stations are open as of Nov. 3.

NYC Transit has restored subway service on two additional lines – the M and 7.  No service is operating south of 34th Street in Manhattan. A number of lines have no service: No. 3 trains and the B, C, E, G and Q trains. There will be subway service within the outer boroughs.

Bus service began in New York City on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and by Wednesday, local, limited-stop and express bus services were all operating nearly close to a normal weekday schedule.

In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo had referred to as a “bus bridge,” the MTA will be running 300 shuttle buses between three Brooklyn locations and Midtown Manhattan: Barclays Center, Jay Street -MetroTech and Hewes Street. Though MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in an appearance on WABC on Wednesday that buses will have a dedicated lane, just getting on a bus requires a long wait Thursday morning. At 8 a.m., WNYC reported “hundreds, if not thousands” of commuters lining up at the Barclays Center in hopes of boarding a bus to Manhattan. State Senator Daniel Squadron’s Facebook page has posted “full information on subways and shuttle buses.”

Lhota has said that bus services will be used to “complement and supplement” subway stations and lines that remain closed and that trains on Thursday would be running approximately every 10 minutes. He suggested that people ask their employers if they could come in earlier or later to work, to help spread the load of passengers during the morning hours.

Hurricane Sandy, Food, Escalator under Water at South Ferry

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

Damage is extremely heavy in Lower Manhattan where subway lines converge.  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, as were several of the subway tunnels.

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. INY Waterway will continue to operate its free bus service from East 34thStreet on a limited schedule on Thursday and Friday.


Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road added additional limited hourly service for Friday morning’s rush from Huntington to Penn Station and from Babylon to Penn Station.  There is also limited hourly service on the Ronkonkoma Branch and on the Port Washington Branch from Great Neck. Long Island riders arriving at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn will be able to connect to shuttle buses from Barclays Center to Manhattan. Service is free through Friday. October passes are valid through Nov. 5.

Metro-North Railroad

The Harlem and the New Haven lines are running normal schedules to Grand Central Station. Some service is also restored on the Hudson Line. Service is free through Friday. 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.

Partial service is restored on 58 bus routes in northern and central New Jersey and on 17 routes in southern New Jersey.

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 starting service at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, operating every 30 minutes between Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and Trenton Transit Center.

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). Mayor Bloomberg has announced a “high occupancy vehicle” rule for using the four East River bridges. All day Thursday and Friday 6 am to midnight, cars entering Manhattan via any East River bridge must have at least three people in the vehicle.

Gov. Cuomo put the same high occupancy vehicle rule on the Lincoln Tunnel, Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) and Henry Hudson Bridge.

There will be no restrictions on the George Washington Bridge, which many drivers use as a route to I-95 and Connecticut and points north.

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (Hugh L. Carey Tunnel), Holland 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. Cabs and livery cabs are now exempt from high-occupancy rules in effect on bridges and tunnels.

Regarding livery cabs, the Mayor cautioned: “Make sure the car has a TLC license plate.”


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