It will be hard to forget the long gas lines that formed after superstorm Sandy hit and the town board in Hempstead, Long Island has approved a new law to try and prevent the lines from every happening again.
Gas rationing was over in New York City Saturday, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an order allowing the post-Superstorm Sandy restriction to expire.
Traffic started flowing through the tunnel at 6 a.m. Monday. One of the tubes had reopened to buses on Nov. 12 and to cars on Nov. 13. Trucks are still barred from the tunnel until further notice.
The rationing system limits motorists to filling up only on odd or even days, based on the last digit of their license plate.
Long Island drivers soon won’t need to worry about what number their license plate ends in to fill up the tank.
Mayor Bloomberg said the system, which went into effect last Friday, has been working.
Gas rationing in the Garden State, which has been in place in 12 northern counties since Nov. 3, ended at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Bloomberg said it is hard to get accurate numbers to show how effective the gas rationing is, but said all evidence points to success in New York City.
The plan was to cut the line and get on the one reserved for police officers and first responders, which is usually much shorter than the lines for the public.
As millions of drivers alternate days and run on fumes, CBS 2 has uncovered a disturbing loophole for a privileged few. An exclusive investigation discovered city employees getting free gas — originally meant for first responders.
The new gas rationing rule that allows drivers to fill up every other day seems to be working as drivers reported shorter lines at stations in New York City and Long Island on Friday.
The gas crisis was brought about in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which left many gas stations reeling because of a lack of power and problems getting deliveries.
New York City and Long Island are following in New Jersey’s footsteps in instituting an odd-even gas rationing system.
The ten-gallon gas limit for those filling up in Yonkers has been lifted.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday afternoon that a lot of work still remains to repair the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, but tremendous progress has been made.
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