NYC subway operating 80 percent of network, fuel headed to NY area: Cuomo

Sat Nov 3, 2012 10:42am EDT

Governor Andrew Cuomo (C) inspects a deluge of water flooding the Battery Tunnel in Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy made its approach in New York October 29, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Governor Andrew Cuomo (C) inspects a deluge of water flooding the Battery Tunnel in Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy made its approach in New York October 29, 2012.

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(Reuters) - The New York City subway system is now operating along 80 percent of its network, and more of the network will come back on line through the weekend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

Addressing concerns about fuel shortages, particularly gasoline, that have hit the New York area since superstorm Sandy struck earlier this week, Cuomo also said 8 million gallons of fuel had been delivered since the New York Harbor reopened. Another 28 million gallons would be delivered this weekend, he said.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said at the same press briefing in Manhattan that the U.S. Department of Defense would be trucking 12 million gallons of fuel to the area in the next few days to help alleviate the fuel crunch.

Cuomo said most of the flood waters that had swamped the site of the World Trade Center memorial and museum had now been pumped out.

(Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Lilybelle wrote:
Having 2 subway lines running along Queens Blvd. when there are normally 4 lines is NOT going to cut it! On a normal day with 4 lines it’s generally chaos down there and we’re supposed to have another storm next week. Those subway lines run slow even when there’s a sprinkling of rain and now there are 2 less subway to handle it. The only line that runs okay when it’s raining is the E train and that has NOT come back yet. Plus the Long Island Rail Road is not stopping in Kew Gardens or Forest Hills during rush hour to alleviate some of the back log of people.

Nov 03, 2012 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:
Gasoline without electricity to pump it is worthless. The electrical union members in NY and NJ have been blocking other non-union utility workers from across the country from helping to restore power. Shame on these unions.

Nov 03, 2012 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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