Cuomo: Subway Service "Will Not Be Normal" Monday
Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 10:15 AM
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: