Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced several major advances in the restoration of the regions public transportation systems in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The following restorations will be in effect for tomorrows commute:
Long Island Rail Road:
- Babylon Branch: Hourly service to Penn Station
- Huntington Branch: Hourly service to Penn Station
- Hudson Line: Service between Croton-Harmon and Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
- New Haven Line: Service will resume between New Haven and Stamford/Grand Central Terminal by midday.
- Harlem Line: Full service between Southeast and Grand Central Terminal will be restored tomorrow morning.
New York City Transit:
- #7 Service between Flushing Main Street and 74th St. in Queens, will begin by midnight tonight.
- In addition, Limited M service from Jamaica Center along Queens Boulevard, through the 63rd St. tunnel to 34th Street/Herald Square in Manhattan, began this afternoon.
Other Public Transportation Restorations Updates:
Long Island Rail Road
- LIRR has been running hourly service from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal, hourly service from Jamaica to Penn Station, hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station, and hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station.
- Service on the Harlem Line was extended from Mount Kisco through to Southeast Station, beginning this afternoon. Trains operated on a very limited schedule this afternoon.
New York City Transit
- More extensive restoration of normal service depends upon Con Edisons restoration of feeds for Joralemon and Rutgers tubes, plus networks from those tubes up to 36th St. This would enable the New York City Transit to restore service on the 4, 5 and F lines, as well as to re-establish some service over the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. Restoration of these feeds would allow for robust Sixth Avenue service. Once power is restored, since the tracks are dry and signal testing has been completed done, the only thing that would remain would be to run a few test trains. Service could be restored within two hours. In addition, NYCT was prepared to establish a #5 shuttle train between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street in the Bronx, but is unable to do so because there is no station power.
MTA Bus Company/NYCT Bus
- Buses operated near normal service this morning with routes diverted as conditions required. In addition to weekday school closed requirements, buses operated the Atlantic, Jay Street and Hewes Street subway replacement shuttles and augmented M5 and M20 service in Manhattan where displaced subway customers were riding.
- Bus service will be curtailed at dusk in the areas of the city where power is still out as was done yesterday, for the safety of pedestrians and passengers. The Brooklyn bus bridge will continue to run past midnight.
- Access-A-Ride began fulfilling scheduled appointments as of noon today. Thirteen of the 14 carriers are providing vehicles to assist in the evacuation effort.
- Bus service will continue to operate the same service levels, as will the subway support service. Normal routes will be restored as soon as conditions allow, including routes supporting the Staten Island Ferry when ferry service resumes.