It’s Day Three of Sandy’s aftermath and, needless to say, New York is still swamped with flooding, power outages, displaced residents, and, most importantly for commuters, public transportation shutdowns. We are told that it will take a few days for the city to be up and running like her old, pre-Sandy self, so we decided it would be appropriate to piece together a “What is and is not“ list of the MTA lines running today, the 1st of November in the glorious year of 2012.
Check it out.
(Update: Per Governor Cuomo’s announcement last night, the MTA has waived all fares on these services for today and tomorrow. Oh, happy day.)
From what we know, all service on Manhattan subway lines below 34th Street is suspended until further notice due to continued power outage: How can subway stations run if you can’t swipe your MetroCard. With that being said, here’s a modified map provided by the MTA of all the lines you can take, starting this morning at 6. Lines still out of service: the B, C, G, L, Q, R, Z, 3 and 7. Sorry, North Brooklyn folk.
For Manhattan bus-farers, there is limited service on shuttle buses going north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue. For Downtown Brooklyn bus-farers on the Manhattan Bridge, you can take the shuttle bus between Barclays or Jay St/MetroTech and 57th Street/Lexington Avenue. For North Brooklyn bus-farers on the Williamsburg Bridge, you can take the shuttle bus between Hewes Street and 57th Street/Lexington Avenue. If it makes you feel better, the buses that go over the bridges will be free of charge.
Every line but the Lower Harlem line is suspended.
With Long Island’s power flickering as well, the MTA plans to have the Ronkonkoma and Port Washington branches up and running (with limited service) by 5 tonight. Also, there will be shuttle service between the Jamaica station and Penn Station. The rest are suspended until further notice.
Bridges and Tunnels
The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel are the only tunnels closed still. All bridges are open (except there will be limited passage on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial).
According to MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz, you should expect to add anywhere between a half hour to an hour to your commute. But that’s just an estimate.
Good luck out there. And don’t worry — New York City will be back soon enough.