Gov. Andrew Cuomo and M.T.A. head Jay Walder announced that the subway system would begin to come back on line at 6:00 tomorrow morning.
They added however that service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Frequency of service is expected to improve over the course of the day.
With the city being spared the worst of the storm, both Cuomo and Walder have come under some heat for shutting down the subway system, which in the end disrupted life in the city nearly as much as the storm did. In a statement, Cuomo defended the response.
“Today government worked. Days of preparation and coordination prevented much injury and loss,” he said. “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.”
The governor’s office also passed along the following subway service interruptions, and encouraged riders to check out mta.info throughout the morning.
- 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.
- 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
- 7 trains run local
- S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) Suspended
- N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.
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