New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days on Thursday in one sign of recovery from Sandy’s devastating blow.
Limited train service returned on some train and subway lines, but more than half of the gas stations in the city and neighboring New Jersey remained shut due to power outages and depleted fuel supplies.
Commuters who made use of the limited subway service were relieved to have a way to get to and from work.
“Yeah, I walked about five miles yesterday to and from work, so I’m happy to have the subways back for the time being,” said Tracy Almer, who commuted into Times Square subway station from Astoria in Queens.
“It’s great. It’s more convenient for sure …I walked to work yesterday,” she said. “I walked about 70 blocks,…it was an hour and a half, so it’s definitely nice to be back on the subway.”
Four of the seven subway tunnels under the East River remain flooded and there is no service in Manhattan below 34th Street, where the power is still out.
Subway rides were free as authorities encouraged commuters to use mass transit rather than drive. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state Governor Andrew Cuomo said private cars must carry at least three people in order to enter New York, after the city was clogged by traffic on Wednesday.
LaGuardia airport in New York was scheduled to reopen on Thursday with limited service. John F. Kennedy and Newark, New Jersey, airports reopened with limited service on Wednesday.