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Gas Rationing Will End in New Jersey, Continue in NYC and Long Island

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Jersey will end its 1970s-style even-odd gas rationing system at 6 a.m., Tuesday, just in time for the first morning rush hour after the holiday weekend.

Gas supplies are plentiful in the Garden State, and there are no more lines of motorists waiting for fuel, Governor Chris Christie said.
   
The governor imposed rationing in 12 counties on Nov. 3 because some gas stations could not get fuel while others did not have the electricity to pump it due to damage from Sandy.

"This is a very prudent step by the governor," said Eric DeGesero, head of the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey. "While we still have a couple little bumps that we're working out further up the distribution chain, things are returning to normal."

The Phillips 66 Bayway refinery — which produces 238,000 barrels of gasoline a day — is still out of commission, as are seven terminals in the metropolitan area where tanker trucks pick up gas for delivery to stations, according to the latest Hurricane Sandy-Nor'Easter Situation Report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

According to AAA, 80 to 85 percent of the approximately 3,000 gas stations in New Jersey were open for business at some point on Veterans Day.

Mayor Bloomberg said rationing will continue in New York City for now because it's having the intended effect of lowering demand. 

"It's hard to measure but it looks like there are a handful more gas stations open today and yesterday than there were the day before," he said at a news conference Monday. "Anecdotal evidence is that lines are shorter."

AAA said 75 to 80 percent of stations in New York City and on Long Island opened for business Monday. New York City has about 800 gas stations and Long Island has about 1500, according to AAA.

Nassau County had no immediate plans to end its gas rationing program, according to a spokesman in the County Executive's office. Officials in Suffolk County could not be reached for comment.

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