Posted in NYC on November 1, 2012

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the MTA's subway, bus and commuter rail services will be free for today and tomorrow, to encourage the use of mass transit as the region slowly recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The free service began just after midnight Thursday and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, and will allow for free rides on the NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. Free travel will also be available on Access-a-Ride.

"The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency," Governor Cuomo said. "To get people out of their cars and onto mass transit, I immediately authorized the MTA to suspend transit fares through the end of the work week."

So buses and subways are today (11/1) and Friday (11/2), and all reports on TV show this system currently running smoothly.

Of course, it doesn't do you much good if you live (or need to get to) below 34th St in Manhattan as power is still out. But ConEd has just announced that they hope power in NYC will be restored everywhere by Friday or Saturday.

Some subway lines, like the G and the Q, aren't running at all. Buses, however, are up and running on a mostly regular schedule. A map of the current Subway situation is here and NY1 has details on the myriad MTA service changes.

And LaGuardia airport reopened (the last of the NYC airports to do so after Sandy hit) this morning after being closed since 10/29. Flights began arriving at 7 AM this morning.

Meanwhile a lot of events are still being cancelled. Check out our list of things not happening tonight (11/1).

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Comments (14)

No one can possibly be even remotely surprised that the G-train is not running.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 10:48 AM

People still use the G train? Funny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 11:18 AM

No one important rides the G train. Just poor people that can't afford to live in better neighborhoods.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 1:08 PM

It's actually pretty amazing how quickly the city has repaired everything. Go NY go NY GO!

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 1:23 PM

^^ Tell that to the lower half of manahattan that is still in the dark

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 1:30 PM

11:18/1:08 - Fuck off yuppie snob(s).

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 2:44 PM

2:44PM, please move back to the Midwest and please take your neighbors with you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 3:27 PM

3:27 - I've lived in NYC since the mid-90s genius. How about you?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 3:39 PM

3:27 it must give you a great sense of accomplishment to know your previous two baiting posts/blatant cries for attention elicited a response. You're really accomplishing a lot out here, keep it up.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 3:43 PM

^ I guess someone's got to keep up the annoying clutter while Lulzy's out of commission.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 4:12 PM

^ i mean that's what 3:27 is doing

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 4:12 PM

10:48/11:18/3:27 I'm assuming is the same person. Probably someone that lives in Staten Island or moved out of NYC a long time ago.

For those who read this site from out of town: The G train is indeed a very popular train now and has even become somewhat reliable I assume in response to it's new found higher usage. 10:48/11:18/3:27 is one of these strange people that comment on this website with not much personal knowledge of New York City (but who, of course, 'HATES HIPSTERS!').

I'm hearing from friends it's starting to get sketchier downtown. I hope power returns soon.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2012 4:41 PM

I,m happy everyone is helping each other. Were strong newyorker.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2012 9:21 AM

I love taking the bus but taking the subway is even more fun.

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