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Free, Limited Subway Service For NYC Today

SubwayIt may still be weeks before New York City's subway tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy are completely restored, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that select lines, all above 34th street, are back in operation and free for the next few days.

The MTA offers the details:

The free service began just after midnight Thursday and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, and will allow for free rides on the NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad.  Free travel will also be available on Access-a-Ride.
 
“The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency,” Governor Cuomo said. “To get people out of their cars and onto mass transit, I immediately authorized the MTA to suspend transit fares through the end of the work week.”

The fare free days coincide with the restoration of limited subway service set for this morning along segments of roughly half of the system's 26 lines.  With no electricity to power the third rail or to operate signals south of 36th Street, there will be no service between 34th St in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Service will operate from the Bronx, Queens and Upper Manhattan to Midtown and from Queens and parts of Brooklyn to Downtown Brooklyn. 

Shuttle Buses will operate from Jay St-MetroTech, Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn and Hewes St in Williamsburg to 57th St & Lexington Ave via 3rd Ave.

Or there's always walking, which actually doesn't take that long and gives you a great view of the city.

[via Joe]

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  1. You clearly wouldn't have to walk over 100 blocks to get to work, and then over 100 again to get home. Had enough walking, than you.

    Posted by: Abie | Nov 1, 2012 8:55:51 AM


  2. Nice. The cost for a monthly metrocard is getting ridiculous.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 1, 2012 9:36:40 AM


  3. Nice post, Belonsky. Thanks for pointing out to those of us without power or heat and who live nowhere near their offices that walking to work offers a "great view." Really f-ing helpful editorializing, per usual.

    Posted by: Ha! | Nov 1, 2012 11:43:39 AM


  4. Um, yeah, just have agree that walking is great unless you are 130 blocks from where you work. Buses uptown last night were woefully inadequate, maybe one an hour during rush and impossible to get on. Packed tighter than Sally Kirkland's bustier. Morning commute on downtown A train from Washington Heights was a breeze, though. Hope the evening will be OK.

    Posted by: MickleSt. | Nov 1, 2012 12:40:22 PM


  5. Um, yeah, just have agree that walking is great unless you are 130 blocks from where you work. Buses uptown last night were woefully inadequate, maybe one an hour during rush and impossible to get on. Packed tighter than Sally Kirkland's bustier. Morning commute on downtown A train from Washington Heights was a breeze, though. Hope the evening will be OK.

    Posted by: MickleSt. | Nov 1, 2012 12:40:23 PM


  6. Tried to pool a taxi ride, but the guy was price-gouging; wish I'd got his medallion number. Took nearly four hours to get home.

    Posted by: MickleSt. | Nov 1, 2012 12:41:42 PM


  7. But... we have a roof, electricity, food. And loved ones are safe. Not everybody in NYC can say that.

    Posted by: MickleSt. | Nov 1, 2012 12:43:00 PM


  8. But... we have a roof, electricity, food. And loved ones are safe. Not everybody in NYC can say that.

    Posted by: MickleSt. | Nov 1, 2012 12:43:00 PM


  9. I got me two free rides so far today, a bus from the Port Authority to Grand Central and then the uptown 6 (local) to 53rd. I could get used to that.

    The circumstances, however, totally suck.

    Posted by: JoyZeeBoy | Nov 1, 2012 1:20:11 PM


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