DISASTER MANAGEMENT: NYC resumes transportation amid challenges after Hurricane Sandy

Packed roads lead to major delays; some public transportation back in service

November 01, 2012

Transportation in New York City picked up on Thursday following the devastation by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week. Commuters hit the roads facing miles-long traffic jams, and some public transportation services resumed as well.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that all East River bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel would be restricted to vehicles carrying at least three occupants from 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday. Bloomberg reported that some gas stations sported lines more than 100 cars long.

On the public transit side, 14 of the city’s 23 subway lines resumed service on Thursday, along with the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road commuter train lines. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that these services, along with buses, would be free to riders through Friday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported an influx of bus riders, most of whom normally use the subway. Metro chairman Joseph Lhota estimated lost revenue in the area of $18 million a day.