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Line By Line: Here's What's Running For Monday's Commute: MTA Subways, Buses, LIRR, Metro North, NJ Transit

Sunday, November 04, 2012

The MTA says more than 80 percent of the subway network has been restored, but "it will carry less than 80 percent of normal capacity" on Monday.  Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and transit officials are all warning customers to expect delays and crowding during the morning commute.

Jerome Hauer, NYS Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota discuss the response to Hurricane Sandy before a press conference at the Jacob Javits Center

Jerome Hauer, NYS Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota discuss the response to Hurricane Sandy before a press conference at the Jacob Javits Center, Sunday, Nov. 4. (Photo: MTA/Adam Lisberg)

The numbered trains are in the best shape -- service on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines is running normally, with few delays and problems this weekend.  The 1 train is the exception in Manhattan -- service was slowly being restored south of 14th Street Monday morning.  On Sunday, Gov. Cuomo announced that “the South Ferry station, which at one time was a large fish tank, has been pumped dry.”

Riders on the C, G and L trains will likely have the hardest time this week -- the MTA is not releasing an estimate for when problems on those lines will be resolved.

Here is a map of subway service, as it stands now.  More information below:

The L train from Brooklyn to Manhattan and G train from Brooklyn to Queens are unlikely to be carrying passengers early this week.  MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said the flooding in the L tunnel was "of particular concern" and was "hopeful" for restoration this week.  Service on both lines is suspended with no estimated time for resuming service.  From Williamsburg and Bushwick to Manhattan, the best alternative to the L is the J and the M, which were restored Sunday.  The L is running in Queens, between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway.

N, Q and R trains: There is no service in Manhattan south of 34 Street.  A temporary ferry service may fill in gaps for some rush hour commuters between the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Wall Street/Pier 11 and East 35th Street.  Here's schedule and fare information.  The Q began running again on Sunday and is now restored from Kings Highway in Brooklyn to Ditmars in Astoria over the Manhattan Bridge.

B, D, F and M trains: The F will be ready for the morning commute.  It returned to full service Sunday, with the exception of Coney Island at the end of the line in Brooklyn, where trains stop at Avenue X, instead of Stillwell Avenue.  D trains are also running normally, with the exception of Coney Island -- the last stop in Brooklyn is Bay Parkway.  Riders on the M train can get into Manhattan from Queens, but trains were not going south of 34th Street Sunday.  B train service remains suspended.

A train: in Manhattan, there is no service on this line below 34th Street and above 168th Street, to Inwood.  Service picks back up in Queens, where passengers in Ozone Park can get on at Lefferts Boulevard and ride to Jay Street/MetroTech.  There is no service to JFK or the Rockaways through Howard Beach.  In the Rockaways, the A train remains suspended because of "extensive damage" around Broad Channel.  The MTA hopes to restore limited train shuttle service from Beach 116 Street to Mott Avenue with trains they bring back onto the Rockaway Peninsula by truck.  Passengers would still have only a shuttle buses to get them from the Rockaways to the Howard Beach station, once service is restored there.  Today, the MTA said "no timetable has yet been established for this service."

C and E trains: Service was restored late Sunday night on both lines through Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

J and Z trains: J trains will run between Jamaica Center and Essex Street, but had some signal problems Sunday.  Z trains remain suspended.

Franklin Avenue Shuttle: restored

NJ TRANSIT

NJ Transit will only be able to operate 13 trains into New York during the peak period tomorrow morning -- normal level would be 63.  "Emergency Bus Service" will run in Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City and Manhattan Monday.  Gov. Christie says the temporary move aims to "provide approximately 50% of NJ TRANSIT’s normal rail rush hour service."  Routes will end at ferries, light rail and shopping areas.  Here's pickup, dropoff, schedule and route information.

One piece of good news for riders with monthly passes: NJ Transit announced that it will honor October monthly passes until Friday.

NJ Transit says 90 percent of its bus service is now operating again.  The largest obstacle for remaining lines are power outages, which have left traffic lights out and led drivers to declare the routes unsafe.

Here's the latest, line-by-line from NJ Transit on Sunday evening:

Montclair-Boonton Line: service remains suspended, with a bleak outlook.  Overhead wires, especially on the Montclair Branch, suffered heavy damage in the storm.  Flooding in Kearny has caused also rail washouts, making rail traffic impassable.

Morris & Essex Line:  service remains suspended, with a bleak outlook.  Summit, Milburn, Denville and Morristown took big hits to overhead wires.  The flooding in Kearny is also affecting service here.

North Jersey Coast Line: service resumed Sunday between Woodbridge and Penn Station New York, currently on a modified schedule.

Raritan Valley Line: service resumed Sunday between Raritan and Newark Penn Station.  On Monday, it will also follow a modified schedule.  Rail service between High Bridge and Raritan remains suspended.

Northeast Corridor Line: service between Trenton Transit Center and Penn Station New York on a modified schedule.

Main/Port Jervis Line: service resumed Sunday between Port Jervis and Secaucus Junction, currently on a modified schedule.

Pascack Valley & Bergen Line: service remains suspended, due mostly to power outages affecting signals, switches and crossing gates.  As power comes back on, these lines are expected to run again quickly.

PATH

All PATH service remains suspended due to damage to signal, control and substation equipment in multiple stations.

METRO NORTH

Metro North trains are running from Poughkeepsie on the Hudson Line, Southeast on the Harlem Line and New Haven on the New Haven Line.

Monday, Metro-North will resume regular service on the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line.  Service will also resume from Waterbury and Danbury in Connecticut.  The New Canaan Branch will be served by buses

West of the Hudson, The Port Jervis Line is running trains between Port Jervis and Secaucus Junction, but there is no service to or from Hoboken

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry will return to service Monday morning, but service remains suspended on the Pascack Valley Line.

LIRR

Sunday night, the Long Island Railroad said travelers should expect 10-15 minute delays systemwide during Monday morning's commute.

Trains will operate on a modified schedule Monday on all branches except the Long Beach Line. The Ronkokoma Line will not run east of Ronkonkoma, and the Montauk Branch won't be running east of Speonk.

The October monthly ticket will be valid for travel on Monday, November 5.

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Cuomo: Subway Service "Will Not Be Normal" Monday

Sunday, November 04, 2012

We're watching what more comes online today as the MTA and other agencies push to open resources or the Monday morning commute.  But Governor Cuomo is already warning that it will be another difficult day for getting around the region.

At a news briefing this morning with federal, state and local disaster officials, Cuomo listed the status of bus and subway lines citywide, but added, "service will not be normal tomorrow and we need you to understand that before you enter the system."

"The volume is going to be way up tomorrow.  The schools will be open.  And because of the gas problem, you'll have many more people on mass transit," Cuomo said.

"We are on uncharted territory here in terms of restoring the system," MTA Chief Joe Lhota added, noting that subways would not be running as frequently as straphangers are used to during the morning rush.  Lhota also noted that the South Ferry subway station, which he had described as being under water "up to the ceiling" on Tuesday, is now free of water.   But he said that the effects of saltwater on the system are still being tallied.

Mayor Bloomberg, for his part, said he planned to take the train to work Monday.

Both Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer urged patience on the gas front.  "The Department of Defense is filling in the gaps as parts of the free market gas delivery system are in fragments," Schumer said at the briefing.  Schumer added that his wife, Iris Weinshall, the former NYC Department of Transportation commissioner, waited on a gas line for two and a half hours yesterday, and wanted to know what he was doing about it. "So I'm telling her, as well as all of you," Schumer said, adding that consumers should expect improvements each day.

Cuomo also added that the MTA would be bringing in subway cars by flat bed truck to restore subway service to the Rockaways.  The Rockaways bridge is still out, but Cuomo said there would be a bus shuttle.

The officials urged motorists to curtail unnecessary driving.

For it's part, the New York City Taxi and Limousine commission said, as of Saturday night, 80 percent of the taxi fleet was operating.

Today, NJ Transit added service back on four lines, some with limited schedules.  The Main/Port Jervis Line added limited service, with trains to and from Secaucus.  The Raritan Valley Line resumed limited service between Raritan and Newark Penn Station.  The North Jersey Coast Line began limited service between Woodbridge and New York Penn Station.

We'll be updating all changes to the transportation infrastructure here:

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Sunday Subway Updates: 2 and 3 Trains Run Under River, D Trains Begin Limited Service

Sunday, November 04, 2012

2:30PM UPDATE: The MTA says it is "now 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."

At an afternoon news conference, Mayor Bloomberg said, "city, state and federal workers are continuing to pump out the Hugh Carey Tunnel/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Queens Midtown Tunnel as well as the Montague Tunnel that carries the N and R trains."

Trains are now getting between Brooklyn and Manhattan via two tunnels and two bridges, as the MTA adds service on more lines across the East River.

2 train service now runs from 241 Street in the Bronx to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and 3 train service has resumed from 148th Street to New Lots Ave.

Tunnels and stations for 1, 2 and 3 trains were the hardest hit on the New York City transit system.  The restoration of service has come after millions of gallons of water have been removed.  This morning, Gov. Cuomo announced that "the South Ferry station, which at one time was a large fish tank, has been pumped dry."

Still, that station remained closed Sunday and 1 train service stops at 14th Street in Manhattan.  Cuomo said he expected more stations opened farther south today.

The D and J trains are now running over the Manahattan and Williamsburg bridges.  The MTA says D service will be limited for now, but it runs from 205th Street in the Bronx to Bay Parkway in Brooklyn.

Today, the F train is running in two sections.  In Manhattan and Queens, it makes local stops between 179 St to 34 St.  In Brooklyn, a second arm of service runs between Avenue X and Jay Street.  MTA shuttle buses can take passengers from Jay Street to 34th Street in Manhattan.

Here is updated information on the rest of the transit systems and roadways:

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