The waters are receding and the sun is shining after Sandy, but downtown Manhattan remains a post-zombie-apocalypse scene with the lights out as people roam the streets seeking power and internet like Revolution extras.
Let’s take a quick look at what the what is going on.
Mayor Bloomberg said that subways could be closed for the next three or four days. The city will not reopen the trains until it is safe to do so, and the first step in the long process of repairs is to assess the damage.
New York Governor Cuomo, at a noon press conference, said that there will likely be very limited subway service on Thursday.
Here's a quick short list of what the things look like as of noon on Wednesday:
- OPEN: MTA (Bus) Local, Limited-Stop and Express Bus service will operate as close to a normal weekday schedule as possible, no fares
- OPEN: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Tappan Zee Bridge, Marine Parkway Bridge
- OPEN: NYS Bridge Authority Bridges
- CLOSED: All Subway Lines, LIRR, Metro-North (likely very limited operation on Thursday)
- CLOSED: New York State Canal System is Closed to Navigation
New York’s Mass Transit Authority tweeted that the governor and MTA chairman went out Wednesday to survey the system from above. Now that the city and MTA have a clearer idea of what they’re dealing with, it should be easier to for them to give the realistic timelines that everyone is itching for.
Buses in New York are currently running on a regular schedule now but there will probably be significant detours because of blocked roads, crowding for obvious reasons, and delays.
New Jersey Transit also reports that they are conducting damage assessment and still have no timetable for when rail service will resume.
Per the NJ Transit homepage, currently all bus service is suspended except for limited service in Camden County.
Power is still out for many residents of the tri-state area after the largest hit to the grid in history.
Con Edison spokesperson Chris Olert said the goal is for the company to restore power to Manhattan within 4 days, and 10 days for those in the outer boroughs.
Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good for at least two boroughs. On Tuesday the company explained that, “Problems on high voltage systems supplying power to southern Brooklyn and central portions of Staten Island required the company to cut electrical power.” Approximately 160,000 people will be without power in these areas.
ConEd also posted a statement Wednesday morning with Halloween safety tips. They warned trick or treaters to avoid the more than 5,000 live wires that Sandy downed, and to be careful crossing streets since many traffic lights are still dead. Flashlights and safety vests are encouraged in areas without streetlights. Basically, please don't die for candy.
For information on whether or not there is power in a particular neighborhood, refer to ConEd’s service area map and enter the area code.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday afternoon released an update of mass transit conditions, including details of the subway service restorations to begin on Thursday. Officials have said that for the gaps in service along typical subway routes, buses will often be added to make the necessary connections. Here is the statement from the governor’s office:
N.Y.C.T. SUBWAY SERVICE:
1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.
2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.
3 trains are suspended.
4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
• Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
• Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.
6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.
7 trains are suspended.
42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.
A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
• Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
• Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.
B and C service is suspended.
D trains operate in two sections:
• Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
• In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street
E trains are suspended.
F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
• Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
• In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X
G trains are suspended.
J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.
L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.
M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.
N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.
Q trains are suspended.
R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.
Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.
All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD:
City Terminal – (Jamaica – Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)
Ronkonkoma Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Port Washington Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Babylon Branch: Suspended
Port Jefferson Branch: Suspended
Montauk Branch: Suspended
Hempstead Branch: Suspended
Long Beach: Suspended
Far Rockaway: Suspended
Oyster Bay Branch: Suspended
West Hempstead: Suspended
Hudson Line: Suspended
Upper Harlem Line: Suspended
Lower Harlem Line: Restored with hourly service
New Haven Line: Suspended
New Canaan Branch: Suspended
Danbury Branch: Suspended
Waterbury Branch: Suspended
Pascack Valley: Suspended
Port Jervis: Suspended
Bridges and Tunnels
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: Open
Henry Hudson Bridge: Open
Throgs Neck Bridge: Open
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge: Open
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: Open
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: Open
Cross Bay Veterans Memorial: Open northbound to Broad Chanel; Open southbound to Rockaways but subject to period closures for emergency equipment
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel: Closed
Queens Midtown Tunnel: Closed