NYC Subways Run Under East River for First Time Since Storm, System 80% Operational

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New York City Transit employees are pumping water out of the Cranberry Street Tunnel, which carries the A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan underneath the East River, Nov. 03, 2012 (Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins)

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This just in from the MTA and the NY Governor's office:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has restored 80 percent of the New York subway system including subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, restoring a vital transit link that was severed by Hurricane Sandy.

The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains are fully restored. The Staten Island Railway will resume service hourly today, move to half hourly service later today, and will be fully restored in time for the Monday morning rush.

The F, J, D and M will be fully functional by later this morning.

"This is a major step forward in the resumption of regular subway service in New York City," Governor Cuomo said. "Once again, subway customers have a direct link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, giving them a fast and reliable way to get to their jobs, their schools and their homes."

The resumption of service is made possible by Con Edison's continued work to restore power to darkened sections of lower Manhattan. Engineers from the MTA and Con Edison worked together to plan an orderly restoration of power so the subway system would have an adequate supply of electricity without destabilizing the network.

"We have worked closely with Con Edison to bring back the subways as soon as possible without jeopardizing the progress they have made in restoring Manhattan's electric grid," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. "Our dedicated workers are continuing to pump water, test signals and bring back more of the subway network that 5.5 million customers depend on each day."

Governor Cuomo also announced that the MTA will be able to restore limited service on the Staten Island Railway as soon as Con Edison is able to supply power. The railway will initially run trains hourly.

Governor Cuomo earlier announced the MTA Metro-North Railroad would resume full train service Saturday morning on the Hudson Line from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal, completing the restoration of all main lines east of the Hudson River.

Additionally, a tweet from the MTA said the A train will be ready for the Monday morning rush.