Post Hurricane Irene Updates: New York

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[Post Hurricane Irene Updates]


Power Restoration Updated Aug. 29, 4PM:
Con Ed estimates that the majority of their New York City customers will have power restored by the end of the day on Thursday and most Westchester customers by the end of the day on Friday.

LIPA as well as Orange & Rockland currently estimate that the majority of their customers will have power restored by the end of the day on Friday.

Upstate power utilities are still assessing damage today and have reported that there may continue to be extended outages as flooding and downed trees are hampering the restoration.

Subway Trains Restoration of Services:
Buses Already Running in NYC; SI Railway Returns at Midnight Tonight

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)Chairman Jay Walder tonight announced that the MTA will begin restoration of service on the subway system at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. The subway restoration is part of an MTA service plan that will restore some service to the subways, buses, and SI Railway by the morning rush.

Damage assessment is continuing on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, which was hit hard by widespread flooding and mudslides.

Governor Cuomo said, "Today government worked. Days of preparation and coordination prevented much injury and loss. The MTA will begin resumption of subway service Monday morning. I applaud the good work of the thousands of MTA professionals, National Guard and first responders for their advanced planning. Suspending service allowed the MTA to secure equipment, thus expediting the return to service. None of us should underestimate the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. One thing we can all be proud of is how New Yorkers came together as one. In the darkest hours New Yorkers shine the brightest. They did once again."

MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder said, "We still have a lot of work to do in parts of our 5,000-mile territory that were hit extremely hard by the storm, but we can now see very visible progress. Customers should stay tuned to for the latest updates."

Service Plan for Monday Morning Subways: With limited exceptions, service will resume across the subway system at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. Service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Frequency of service will improve over the course of the day.


o  3 trains will operate between 137th Street/City College and New Lots Avenue; Substitute bus service will be provided between
Harlem 148th Street and 135th Street connecting with the 2 train.
o  C trains suspended; A trains will make all local stops from 207th St. to Lefferts Blvd.
§  No service in the Rockaways. (Rockaway Blvd. to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park)

o  6  trains runs local in the Bronx
o  7 trains run local
o  S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) Suspended
o  N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.

The Staten Island Railway will resume normal service at midnight tonight.

Buses: Limited bus service was restored in all five boroughs of New York City earlier this evening. Service levels will continue to increase but may not reach normal levels tomorrow.

Bridges and Tunnels: All MTA Bridges and Tunnels are open as of 7:00 p.m.

Access-a-Ride and Able Ride are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon tomorrow. In the morning, these services will help return evacuees to their homes.

Additional details on Metro-North and LIRR service will be provided as soon as they become available.

The MTA's regular fare and toll policy will resume tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m.

As of 12:58PM: Power Outage Update
Total customers without power (statewide): 905,334

LIPA: 459,908
ConEdison: 114,568
NationalGrid: 97,008
NYSEG: 100,781
Central Hudson: 89,329
Orange & Rockland: 42,362
RG&E: 1,378

Sunday 8/28 8:45AM: The north tube of the Holland Tunnel (New York to New Jersey direction) is closed due to flooding.  Vehicles will be diverted to the Lincoln Tunnel.

TRANSIT: As of 12:48 PM All New York City train (subway) services were still suspended according to the website of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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