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]

Comments

  1. Ha! says

    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.

  2. MickleSt. says

    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.

  3. MickleSt. says

    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.

  4. JoyZeeBoy says

    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.

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