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City gas rationing to end Saturday


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Two weeks after the mayor activated odd/even gas rationing, he announced any car, regardless of license plate number, will be able to fill up beginning tomorrow.

Beginning Friday, November 9, Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted a rationing system to ease long lines at gas stations amidst a post-Sandy fuel shortage.

“With more than 85 percent of gas stations now operating – a substantial increase from just 25 percent two weeks ago – and Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the odd-even license plate system will be rescinded starting tomorrow morning,” said Bloomberg.

In the week following the storm, stations throughout the city with gas featured three-hour long waits to fill-up.  In the days after rationing began, the lines dwindled back to normal.

The mayor last week extended the rationing until at least Black Friday to assure all drivers would be able to travel during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

 

 

Gas rationing to continue until Friday in NYC


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The odd-even fuel rationing system that was put in place to ease long lines at gas stations following Superstorm Sandy, has been extended until Friday, November 23, Mayor Bloomberg announced Sunday.

The emergency order, which took effect on November 9, mandates that vehicles with license plate numbers ending in an odd number can only fill up on odd numbered days and those with even ones can only get gas on even numbered days, helped shorten station wait times.

Though Long Island and New Jersey have ended their gas rationing, with Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year, this week, and about a third of the city’s gas stations still not operating, Bloomberg decided to continue rationing in the city.

“The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,” he said. “With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast. High of 50. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

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NYC gas rationing continues through Friday

New York City has extended its odd-even gas rationing system through Friday. Read more: Wall Street Journal

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Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel reopens Monday, more trains restored

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Long lines, wait times at gas stations cut


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As motorists are finally feeling less pain at the pump, with long lines and wait times drastically cut, many are asking what took the mayor so long.

“Last week, I waited for more than three hours on line and got no gas. Today, I waited under a half hour,” said Thomas Colwell, at a gas station at the intersection of Cooper and Myrtle Avenues in Glendale on Monday, November 12.  “Why wasn’t this done two weeks ago.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered odd-even gas rationing beginning Friday, November 9, which greatly reduced lines at stations throughout the city even as fuel remains scarce.

While many wondered why New York City didn’t follow New Jersey’s lead and begin rationing the weekend after Sandy, Robert Sinclair, a spokesperson for AAA, said the city may not have realized the scale of the shortage.

“I think the administration was dealing with a problem they didn’t fully understand then,” he said.

Six petroleum terminals that supply fuel for the area remain down, including two in New York— one in Brooklyn, one in Long Island — according to the U.S. Department of Energy. There is no timetable for when the terminals will come back online, Sinclair said.

The scarcity has also led to higher prices: fuel has jumped 15 cents since the storm in the city even as prices have fallen nationwide.

“Demand goes up and the product gets scarcer, the price goes up,” Sinclair said.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he is launching an investigation into potential price gouging at gas stations in the city.

Under New York state business law, merchants are prohibited from taking advantage of consumers during an “abnormal disruption of the market” by hiking prices to an “unconscionably excessive price.”

Many have been forced to ignore prices out of desperation to fill their tanks. “I need gas, so right now the price really doesn’t matter,” said Joseph Foreman, a Middle Village resident.

Sinclair expects the shortages to remain for at least another week, if not longer, as just 60 percent of gas stations are pumping in the city.

With the deficit remaining, Bloomberg announced on Tuesday, November 13 that the rationing will remain for at least five additional days.