Superstorm Sandy: East Coast Residents Head Back to Everyday Life
0 Updated at 8:52 am, October 31st, 2012 By: ABC Digital
Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With superstorm Sandy now in the history books as one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the East Coast, many states have begun to move forward and take steps toward recovery.
As many on the East Coast start to rebuild and venture back into everyday life, here is a detailed look at what services will be available to those areas hit hardest by Sandy:
- The New York Stock Exchange is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ringing the opening bell.
- John F. Kennedy Airport opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Some airlines landed planes at the airport last night in preparation for Wednesday’s opening. But carriers will be providing limited service. Rail service on AirTrain JFK is suspended until further notice.
- Newark Liberty International opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday, but carriers will be providing limited service. AirTrain Newark is suspended until further notice.
- LaGuardia and Teterboro airports remain closed at this time. Runways at LaGuardia remain flooded, and air traffic cannot resume until crews can clear it.
- New York’s George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing are open.
- The Holland Tunnel is closed until further notice. Floodwaters have kept the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel — formerly the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel — and Queens-Midtown tunnel closed. The Lincoln Tunnel remains open.
- The New York City subway system is closed because of flooding, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg projects service will begin in two to three days. Restoration will likely come in stages.
- The MTA restored partial bus service in New York City Tuesday night, without charging fares.
- Long Island Rail Road service remains suspended while the agency assesses damage. No word yet on when they will resume service.
- Metro North is closed until further notice and no opening has been estimated.
- A date for the restoration of Amtrak service directly to and from New York Penn Station from either the north or south is not available at this time. The railroad said late Tuesday that modified service between Newark, N.J., and points south will resume on Wednesday. That includes restoring Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News; Keystone trains in Pennsylvania; and Downeaster service between Boston and Portland, Maine.
- There will be no Northeast Regional service between New York and Boston and no Acela Express service for the entire length of the Northeast Corridor. No date has been set for resumption of service.
- All New York City public schools remained closed for a third straight day Wednesday. No announcement has been made about when they will resume.
- Broadway will be lit up again for the first time since Saturday night as shows are to resume later Wednesday night.
- For the first time in its 39-year history, New York City has canceled its famous Halloween parade through Greenwich Village.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie authorized the closure of all state offices in New Jersey Wednesday. Many schools in the state will also be closed.
- All New Jersey PATH service is suspended until further notice. All public and private bus service in New Jersey is currently suspended, but some bus carriers may resume service later Wednesday.
- The first ferries will run between New Jersey and New York from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, starting from Paulus Hook, Weehawken and Hoboken North at 14th Street and going to the World Financial Ferry Terminal in Battery Park City.
- All Halloween festivities at the White House have been canceled in the wake of the storm.
- Con Edison tweets this is the largest storm-related outage in their history. Crews are working around the clock to assess damage and restore power. Customers in areas served by overhead power could take at least a week while underground could take four days. More than 250,000 lower Manhattan customers are without power.
- The Long Island Power Authority said it will need at least 10 days to fix the outages. More than 914,000 of LIPA’s 1.1 million customers were without power as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Newsday.
- Labor Department spokesman Carl Fillichio said employees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are working hard to ensure the timely release of employment data on Nov. 2.
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