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Lines Shorter At New York Metro Gas Stations — At Least For One Day

People wait in line for over two hours for gasoline as the city continues to recover from superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People wait in line for over two hours for gasoline as the city continues to recover from superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For at least one day, drivers in the New York metro area seemed to be getting a break from spending hours at gas lines during Superstorm Sandy.

Around New York City, motorists still waited longer than usual Saturday at stations. But the lines that stretched a dozen Manhattan blocks earlier in the week at some stations, and forced police to rope off intersections with caution tape, were far shorter. Many gas stations were closed — for lack of fuel or taking a break.

In Brooklyn, drivers waited about 20 minutes at most — much less than in previous days.

But on Staten Island, the few open stations were busier, with about 20 cars lined up on one street amid stalled traffic.

No one knows exactly what will happen in the coming week as commuters and businesses look for fuel to keep going.

In the nearly two weeks since Superstorm Sandy, getting gas has been a miserable experience for anyone driving in or around New York City. Some people waited for days in line, parking their cars and causing traffic jams.

Where there was gas remained a nearly unanswerable question throughout last week – even though elected officials made pronouncements about tankers arriving and refineries getting back online.

Have you noticed shorter lines? Leave your comments below…

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