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MTA releases post-Sandy subway progress report

November 27, 2012 3:52:45 AM PST
The MTA has released a mixed progress report on the New York City subway's recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Near full service on the R, J and Z trains is expected within the next couple weeks. The Nos. 4 and 5 lines are currently overcrowded because they are picking up the slack for the R trains.

Ii will be months before the 1 train returns to the South Ferry station, which was severely flooded.

PATH service finally returned to the World Trade Center Monday, only to be briefly suspended because of power problems. Trains were running again by 10 a.m., but the outage proved another headache for commuters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Hoboken station remains closed, and transit officials say it could be weeks before it reopens.

Ferry service for Staten Island started Monday between Great Kills Park and Lower Manhattan. The New York Water Taxi service will last eight weeks and will cost $2 each way.

Here is a complete breakdown of mass transit and other commuting routes.

LIRR

The LIRR has restored electric train service on the Long Beach branch, meaning the railroad is operating on a near-normal schedule on all of its 11 branches for the first time since Superstorm Sandy hit the region.

The LIRR is operating electric train service on the Long Beach branch, but four trains will be canceled in the a.m. peak and four will be canceled in the p.m. peak as a result of the reduced peak capacity in two of Amtrak's East River tunnels that were flooded during the storm. Amtrak continues their work on repairing the signal system severely damaged in their two tunnels during Superstorm Sandy. A temporary signal system now controlling train traffic in the two tunnels that were flooded allows for fewer trains per hour to operate into and out of Penn Station. Visit MTA.info/LIRR for a complete list of the changes.

PATH

PATH is operating between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m weekdays from Newark-Penn Station to World Trade Center, and Journal Square to 33rd Street. On weekends, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., PATH will operate between Newark and 33 Street ONLY. Christopher and 9th Street stations have been restored to full service both weekdays and weekends. The Hoboken station remains closed.

Click to see some amazing video of the flooding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afe2TF6yi5Q&feature=youtu.be

Following Superstorm Sandy, effective Monday, November 26, 2012, PATH will operate weekdays, between 5 a.m. NJ TRANSIT

Northeast Corridor Line: Regular weekday service is operating, but certain New York-bound evening trains that make stops between Rahway and New York will be canceled.

North Jersey Coast Line: Service is operating on a special schedule, with limited peak-period service between High Bridge and Newark.

Raritan Valley Line: Service will continue to operate on a special schedule, with limited peak-period service between High Bridge and Newark.

Montclair-Boonton Line: Regular weekday Midtown Direct service between Montclair State University and New York will operate. Limited peak-period service will operate between Hackettstown/Mount Olive/Lake Hopatcong and Hoboken.

Morris & Essex Line: Midtown Direct service between Dover/Summit and New York will operate on a special schedule. Limited peak-period service between Hackettstown and Hoboken will operate via the Montclair-Boonton Line,with connections at Dover and Broad Street. Customers may use free emergency shuttle bus/ferry service or shuttle bus to rail service from selected Gladstone Branch stations.

Gladstone Branch: Service remains suspended until further notice due to storm related damage. Customers may usefree emergency shuttle bus/ferry service or shuttle bus to rail service from selected Gladstone Branch stations. Customers can also use emergency bus shuttle service at Morristown,Convent, Madison and Chatham stations.

Main/BergenCounty/Port Jervis Lines: Main/BergenCounty/Port Jervis Line service between Port Jervis and Hoboken will operate on a weekday schedule - including stops in Secaucus.

Pascack Valley Line: Service between Spring Valley and Hoboken will operate on a weekday schedule.

Atlantic City Rail Line: A new schedule is now in effect, with nightly train service resuming and minor adjustments to weekday trains 4600, 4630, 4641 and 4651 as well as weekend trains 4652 and 4697.

For the latest on train changes, visit NJTransit.com.

METRO-NORTH

On the Port Jervis Line: NJ TRANSIT will operate close to regular train service to/from Hoboken Terminal (with stops at Secaucus) with the following exceptions: The 7:46 AM train from Port Jervis, and the 7:02 PM train from Hoboken/6:50 PM train from Penn Station-NY will not operate.

On the Pascack Valley Line: NJ TRANSIT will operate close to regular train service to/from Hoboken Terminal (with stops at Secaucus) with the following exceptions: The 7:59 AM and 8:51 AM trains from Spring Valley, and the 3:57 PM and 7:20 PM trains from Hoboken/ 3:47 PM and 7:13 PM from Penn Station-NY will not operate.

Customers can transfer at Hoboken to/from ferry service to Manhattan (World Financial Center, Lower Manhattan, or W. 39th Street, Midtown Manhattan) or NJ TRANSIT bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

NYC MTA

Both tubes of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel are open to cars and buses in both directions around the clock. Trucks are not allowed until further notice.

Some limited service remains in effect following Sandy. Visit MTA.info for the latest changes.

Temporary ferry service is operating between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, where the Economic Development Corporation has been working to install a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown. The service will start at 5:45 a.m. in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 a.m., with regular service resuming during the evening rush. One-way fares will be $2.

For MTA travel information, check MTA.info online or phone 511.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF SANDY'S DAMAGE

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