Limited Subways & Flights Resume, President Obama Tours New Jersey After Hurricane Sandy
New York and New Jersey officials and residence have begun the long road to recovery with Wall Street and some businesses reopening.
Teams are working around the clock to restore services, clean up debris and clear out standing water. President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined forces in New Jersey to view the devastation from Sandy and offered words of support for residents, rescuers and each other.
Subways & Airlines
Limited subway service resume today, but not south of 34th Street in Manhattan due to continuing power failures. The area’s airports are also back on track with New York’s JFK and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty reopened on Wednesday with limited flight schedules. LaGuardia Airport was set to reopen today, but also with a limited schedule.
City officials are attempting to deal with potential gridlock. Mayor Bloomberg has ordered only cars with three or more people allowed to cross the city’s four East Side bridges. In addition, transit officials are waiving fares on all operational commuter trains, subways and buses through Friday night.
But many serious problems remain:
Approximately 6 million homes and businesses were still without power, with two-thirds of those in New Jersey and New York. Long Island was hit particularly hard with 90-percent of households without power, and it could take as long as 10 days to restore service.
New York Schools will remain closed for the rest of the week.
In Hoboken, New Jersey, at least 20,000 people — approximately 40 percent of the population — were still stranded on Wednesday with the town engulfed in 500 million gallons of water. Authorities estimated it would take two days to pump out the water.
The New York Marathon will go on as scheduled Sunday, but basketball fans aren’t as lucky. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday night’s Nets’ regular season-debut in Brooklyn against the New York Knicks.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put Halloween on hold in New Jersey until Monday