Subways Offer Limited Service, But Lower Manhattan Still Crippled By Storm

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Subways are rolling in much of New York City for the first time since superstorm Sandy crippled the nation's largest transit system. But ridership has been light, and service is limited.

Downtown Manhattan is still mostly an urban landscape of shuttered bodegas and boarded-up restaurants. People are roaming in search of food, power and a hot shower.

And some New Yorkers are tired of waiting for the lights to come back on, and for services to be restored. People boarding buses out of town say they've had enough of dark, dirty and unsafe conditions where they live.

Police are enforcing carpooling at bridges into the city, peering through windows to make sure each car carries at least three people. TV helicopter footage showed lines of cars stretching for miles.

With power out and gasoline supplies scarce, many gas stations across the New York area are closed. The stations that are open drew long lines.

All three of the major New York area airports are now operating under reduced schedules. LaGuardia Airport was the last of the three to open. It has two runways that were inundated by the surge from Hurricane Sandy.


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