New York City subway and bus services resume after Hurricane Irene

By on Aug 29, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

New York City subways and buses have resumed their operation on Monday, August 29, 2011 after being closed due to Hurricane Irene, but for only limited services.

Subway workers, checking tracks in Brooklyn
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As noted by Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on their official website, the limited service started at 5:00 a.m. (NY time), along with its regular fare and toll policy.

According to MTA, the operation of New York City subway has resumed including its service to and from Far Rockaway but noted that it has limited exceptions.

“Service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains.” A statement posted at said.

“Frequency of service will improve over the course of the day.” MTA added, citing that the latest detailed information can be found in the Service Status box on their official website.

In addition, Staten Island Railway service resumed its regular service earlier between St. George and Tottenville; and all MTA bridges and tunnels are now open.

Furthermore, all New York City bus services are now on its normal schedule, except for the detoured routes due to poor road conditions.

Long Island bus service is also operating on a normal schedule, while Long Island Rail Road was noted to have is operating only six of its branches.

With this, customers are being advised to expect some cancellations and operational trains will be fewer than normal balance with cars, with some of its services being restored.

As of this writing, the restored services include Babylon, Hicksville, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington, (half-hourly service west of Great Neck; no service east of Great Neck), Hempstead and West Hempstead.

However, MTA said that the services from and to Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Montauk (east of Babylon) and Greenport are still suspended.

Meanwhile, MTA emphasized that Metro-North Railroad cannot operate on its regular service on any of its three lines this day, noting that a lot of portion of its system had significant damage.

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