Hurricane Sandy caused serious damaged to New York’s transport system when it made landfall few days ago. The hurricane has flooded major terminals and left the city to implement new ways to ferry its citizens around.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the MTA will offer free service on its transit system until 11:59 p.m. on Friday November 2, 2012. This will be applied to the NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. Gov. Cuomo has also said that Access-a-Ride line of travel will also be free.
Governor Cuomo stated “The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency. To get people out of their cars and onto mass transit, I immediately authorized the MTA to suspend transit fares through the end of the work week.”
The MTA has managed to resurrect some of the subway trains all of which have been subject to service change except the “7,” “G” and “SIR,” trains that are suspended at the moment.
Service will operate from the Bronx, Queens and Upper Manhattan to Midtown and from Queens and parts of Brooklyn to Downtown Brooklyn. Shuttle Buses will operate from Jay St-MetroTech, Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn and Hewes Street in Williamsburg to 54th St & Lexington Ave via 3rd Avenue.
The Long Island Rail Road and Metro North Railroad according to the MTA have been restored with both lines running on limited service, the Long Island Rail Road providing service between Jamaica and Penn Station while Metro-North offered hourly service on the Harlem Line between North White Plains and Grand Central Terminal.
The LIRR and Metro-North is said to be offering additional service today. Metro-North is operating close to regular service between Mount Kisco and Grand Central Terminal on the Harlem Line and on the New Haven Line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal. The LIRR is offering limited hourly service on the Ronkonkoma Branch and on the Port Washington Branch from Great Neck.
Shuttle Buses have been deployed throughout the NYC region and most of the city buses are running on delay and some have been subject to service change.
Most of the roads and tunnels are in good order and have good service. At this time the Queens Midtown traffic way is suspended, so is the Hugh L.Carey pathway. The Cross Bay route the MTA says has been subject to service change at this time.