MTA Restores Subway And Bus Service After Its First Total Shutdown in History


20081204-vintage-subwayThe New York City subway system is back on track. At 6 a.m., service returned to the system, easing the morning commute for millions who were concerned they’d have no way to get into work or back to their homes.”The good news is that our worst fear, that the under-river tunnels in the East River would flood with salt water, were not realized. We certainly dodged something there,” said MTA Chairman Jay Walder.

Workers went underground to put the finishing touches on the inspections Sunday. Track supervisor Andy Weber said getting the system back up and running is an immense task.

“Making sure all the parts they put back are working, making sure all the signals are working,” were all part of the challenges the MTA faced, Weber said.

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The MTA said on its website that although service has resumed on all lines “with very limited exceptions.”

“However, service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains,” the MTA said on its website.

Click here for a detailed list of the service changes.

Buses have been running since Sunday evening.

The Staten Island ferry was running normally.

That doesn’t mean the commute is going to be back to normal for everyone in the region, though.

The MTA said the Long Island Rail Road is operating at “near-normal” levels on six of its branches, but some cancellations are likely.
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LIRR service remains suspended to and from Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Long Beach, Far Rockaway, Montauk (east of Babylon) and Greenport (east of Ronkoma), the MTA said. Click here for a detailed list of LIRR service changes.

Metro-North service is still shut down due to heavy damage left by Tropical Storm Irene.

PATH train service was restored at 4 a.m.