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More Than 80 Percent Of All NYC Subway Service Restored

The subway on Nov. 1, 2012. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork.com)

The subway on Nov. 1, 2012. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — State officials announced Saturday morning that more than 80 percent of subway service had been restored.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said at a news conference that 81 percent of subway service had been returned.

WATCH: Gov. Cuomo, MTA Chairman Lhota Give Saturday Briefing

More subway service will also return on Sunday and Monday, Lhota said.

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Service between Manhattan and Brooklyn/Queens is returning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports 

The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains were fully restored Saturday morning, with service of areas of Manhattan that were dark as recently as Friday. The F, D, J and M lines will return Saturday afternoon, Cuomo said.

But subway service was still down south of 34th Street on some lines, and 42nd Street on others.

By Saturday night crews had restored J-train service across the Williamsburg Bridge, between Jamaica Center and Essex street. Unforseen electrical problems slowed an earlier timetable, but crews continued to work into the evening.

The Staten Island Railway will also resume limited service later Saturday, Cuomo said. The railway will be back up as soon as Con Ed can supply power, and will initially run trains once an hour.

Subway customers should expect delays and crowding on trains as the agency continues to work to bring the system to full service.

The Metro-North Railroad has also resumed full service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal.

MTA service had been free on Thursday and Friday, but fares are now required. Go to the MTA website for the latest service updates.

On Saturday the LIRR announced that a number of trains would return to service on a modified schedule. The Babylon, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Oyster Bay, and Montauk branches will all return to limited service on Monday. The latest service updates are available through the MTA website.

The MTA also announced Friday evening that several bus lines are now completing their routes since power has been restored to parts of lower Manhattan. Buses had been going no further south than 23rd Street.

The buses now running their full routes in Manhattan are:

  • SBS M15
  • M5
  • M101
  • M102
  • M103
  • M20

The M11 bus has been terminating at 14th Street.

One woman told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria that she was furious, as she was really counting on the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday. She said that the MTA should not have made promises if it couldn’t deliver.

“I left my home thinking that everything’s going to be OK, that everything would be OK for me to be at my job on time,” she said. “This is not right.”

So she had no choice but to join the hundreds of other commuters on a long line that snaked around Barclays Center to get on a bus.

Another man was OK with it, however. He said that the line was moving rather quickly.

“It seems organized, so leave like two hours early just in case,” he said.

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