NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The first day of the holiday shopping season will be the last full day of post-Superstorm Sandy gasoline rationing in New York City.

The odd-even system is set to end at 6 a.m. Saturday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an order Friday confirming the restriction would expire.

“The odd-even license plate system not only significantly reduced extreme lines, but also eased anxiety and disruptions for drivers at gas stations across the five boroughs,” said Bloomberg. “With more than 85 percent of gas stations now operating – a substantial increase from just 25 percent two weeks ago – and Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the odd-even license plate system will be rescinded.”

The odd-even gas rationing system was instituted on Nov. 9 in an effort to ease long lines associated with the gas crunch that occurred in the days after the storm. On Sunday, Bloomberg extended the restriction until 6 a.m. Saturday in the city.

Similar rationing has ended in New Jersey and on Long Island.

The system limits drivers to filling up on odd or even days, depending on the last digit of their license plate number.

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