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Limited Bus Service Returns To New York City After Sandy Snarls Mass Transit

Employees from MTA New York City Transit worked to restore the South Ferry subway station after it was flooded by seawater during Hurricane Sandy.
(credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin)

Employees from MTA New York City Transit worked to restore the South Ferry subway station after it was flooded by seawater during Hurricane Sandy.
(credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Metropolitan Transit Authority rolled out limited bus service Tuesday evening after halting service in preparation of Sandy’s arrival.

For Tuesday and Wednesday, all bus rides are free. Tuesday night, buses were operating on a limited Sunday schedule.

Restored lines Tuesday night include:

Staten Island: S40, S46, S48, S53, S59, S61, S62, S74, S78, S79 SBS

Queens:Q4, Q6, Q7, Q10, Q12, Q22, Q23, Q25, Q33, Q35, Q46, Q50, Q60, Q65, Q66, Q69, Q101, Q113

Brooklyn: B1, B3, B15, B35, B41, B44, B46, B61, B82, Q58, Q59

The Bronx: Bx1, Bx6, Bx7, Bx8, Bx10, Bx12+SBS, Bx16, Bx23, Bx27, Bx36, Bx38, Bx40, Bx41, Bx55, Q50

Manhattan: M2, M5, M8, M11, M14, M15+SBS, M34, M34A, M22, M57, M60, M86, M96, M101

The MTA gave the public a taste of the difficulty that lay ahead for restoring subway service by releasing a stunning video showing how badly flooded the South Ferry-Whitehall station was.

Photos: Sandy’s Wrath

The New York City subway system “has never faced a disaster as devastating” as the damage that was caused by superstorm Sandy, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said.

Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded Monday night. Subway service remains suspended until further notice.

Lhota said officials have a goal of trying to restart parts of the subway system as soon as possible, but it’s too early to tell when that might happen.

The mayor said New York City taxi drivers will be allowed to pick up multiple fares even while a passengers is in the cab.

The fare for the additional passenger will be negotiated between the driver and the passenger. The driver must quote the fare upfront. The Taxi and Limousine Commissioner recommends a fare of $10 per additional passenger for passengers who join a trip already in progress.

Liveries, black cars and luxury limousines are permitted to accept street-hail passengers anywhere in New York City.

All LIRR service remains suspended Tuesday. Penn Station and Jamaica Station are closed. Metro-North service has also been halted.

All NJ TRANSIT rail, bus, light rail and Access Link service is suspended until further notice. All PATH service as well as public and private bus service is also suspended.

John F. Kennedy International is expected to reopen Wednesday, Cuomo said. LaGuardia has extensive damage and there is no word on when it will be back in service.

Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports are all closed, the Port Authority said. Stewart International Airport is open.

Amtrak said it will resume some service in the Northeast on Wednesday, but flooded train tunnels continue to prevent service to and from New York’s Penn Station.

The railroad said late Tuesday that modified service between Newark, N.J., and points south will resume on Wednesday. That includes restoring Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News, Keystone trains in Pennsylvania and Downeaster service between Boston and Portland, Maine.

However, Amtrak said in a statement that the amount of water in train tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers is unprecedented, preventing service to New York. There will be no Northeast Regional service between New York and Boston and no Acela Express service for the entire length of the Northeast Corridor. No date has been set for resumption of service.

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