Limited subway service returns; MTA fares free today & tomorrow


| brennison@queenscourier.com |

Photo via Flickr/saitowitz
Photo via Flickr/saitowitz

After three days without subways, residents crowded onto trains this morning as limited service returned today with no fares.

Fourteen lines will be providing partial service days after the system sustained the worst damage in its 108-year history.  There is still no subway service between 34th St in Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn.

The MTA’s subway, bus and commuter rails will be free for today and tomorrow, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.

“The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency,” 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.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced a three-passenger minimum for cars entering Manhattan between 6 a.m. and midnight today and tomorrow to help ease traffic.

Bus service will supplement lines that are unable to operate.

There is still no date on when full subway service will be restored.

Limited Long Island Railroad and Metro-North service also began yesterday.

Metro-North will operate close to regular service between Mount Kisco and Grand Central Terminal on the Harlem Line and on the New Haven Line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal, according to the MTA.

The LIRR will offer hourly service on the Ronkonkoma Branch and on the Port Washington Branch from Great Neck for the morning rush.

LIRR customers should hold on to their October monthly tickets, which will be honored through Monday.

Buses are running as close to a normal weekday schedule as possible with necessary reroutes due to downed trees and street closures.

SUBWAY SERVICE: See the map of restored service here

1: Will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.

2: Will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd St, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

3: Suspended

4: Will make all local stops between Woodlawn and 42nd Strett and between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue.

5: Will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

6: Will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd St

7: Suspended

A: Will operate between 168th Street and 34th St and between Jay Street and Lefferts Boulevard.

B: Suspended

C: Suspended

D: Will operate locally between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square and in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street.

E: Suspended

F: Will be making all local stops between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street and in Brooklyn between Jay Street and Avenue X.

G: Suspended

J: Will operate locally between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street. M trains btwn Myrtle Ave-Broadway & Metropolitan Ave

L: Will operate locally between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway.

M: Will operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N: Will opearte locally between Ditmars Boulevard and 34th Street.

Q: Suspended

R: Will make local stops in Brooklyn between Jay Street and 95th Street.