Effects on Subway & Rail Service
<Hurricane Sandy Service Restoration Timeline
Welcome to the Subway and Rail Service Restoration after Hurricane Sandy Timeline, this is a historical timeline of the closure and aftermath of restoration of transit service in the New York City region effected by Superstorm Sandy, a huge storm that hit the region from October 29-30, 2012.
Sunday, October 28, 2012: The Shutdown:
Around Noon the MTA announced at a press conference that all subway, LIRR, and Metro-North service would be suspended beginning at 7pm, and bus service at 9pm in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. The previous Friday (October 25, 2012) the MTA started posting generic signs that cancelled all weekend track work (except for two projects on the 7 and J trains that ran on Saturday only) and warned passengers that the subways might shutdown.
On the Jersey side NJ Transit ended rail operations with the last departures at midnight and buses at 2am Monday morning. The Atlantic City Rail Line ended at 4pm since that city was under an evacuation order. PATH ended operations at Midnight.
Amtrak discontinues all operations in the Northeast Corridor and every other subway and passenger railroad system, Washington's WMATA, Baltimore's MTA, Philadelphia's SEPTA, slowly shuts-down operations in anticipation.
Monday, October 29, 2012: The Storm
Boston's T tries to operate normal service (except for MBTA Boats) but discontinues service at 2pm
In the evening Hurricane Sandy starts arriving with a storm serge causing the Hudson and East Rivers to overflow their banks causing terrible and corrosive flooding of the subway system on 8 under river tubes: the Joralemon St (4,5), Montague St (R), Clark St (2,3), Cranberry St (A,C), Rutgers (F), 14 Street (L), Steinway (7)). The Harlem River also flooded which in turn flooded the 207th Street yard and Lenox Terminal (the yard and northern terminus of the 3 train). The G train's tunnel beneath Newtown Creek also flooded. The Swing Bridges to the Rockways suffer significant damage (boats wash ashore on them). Also critical to restoring subway service, a Con Edison Substation blew-up at 14 Street causing nearly all (Battery Park City was one of the few places with electricity, it is on its own separate network) of Lower Manhattan south of 40th Street on the East Side and 30th Street on the westside to go completely dark in a massive blackout.
On the commuter rail network both Amtrak and NJ Transit's North River Tunnels and every New Jersey Transit Rail Lines suffer numerous washouts especially boats washing up on bridges on the North Jersey Coast Line. The Long Island Rail Roads East River Tunnel floods, along with damage on many of its branches. Metro-North has washouts particularly on the Hudson Line and the catenary system on the New Haven Line is damaged. Power is out and down trees are everywhere
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 — The first Recovery
The storm slowly dissipates around midnight and East and Hudson River Bridges all reopen by noon.
- Around Noon at a news conference Governor Cuomo announces no timetable for subway service but limited fare-free local bus service at 5pm on the following routes:
- M2, M5, M8, M11, M14, M15, SBS15, M34, M34A, M22, M57, M60, M86, M96, M101
- Bx1, Bx6, Bx7, Bx8, Bx10, Bx12, SBS12, Bx16, Bx23, Bx27, Bx36, Bx38, Bx40, Bx41, Bx55, Q50
- B1, B3, B15, B35, B41, B44, B46, B61, B82, Q58, Q59
- Q4, Q6, Q7, Q10, Q12, Q22, Q23, Q25, Q33, Q46, Q50, Q60, Q65, Q66, Q69, Q101, Q113
- S40, S46, S48, S53, S59, S61, S62, S74, S78, SBS79
- The only train operating in all of New Jersey is PATCO which resumes operations at 6pm Tuesday.
- SEPTA begins operations after noon on its rapid transit (Market-Frankfort, Broad Street Subway and Norristown) and trolley lines.
- MBTA resumes normal service after suffering minimal damage
- The Baltimore Subway, and in Washington WMATA resume rail and bus service at 2pm
- In New York State the only trains in operation was Amtrak's Maple Leaf from Toronto to Albany only and the Buffalo Metro Rail
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — No Subways = Gridlock
This day will go down in history as the day New York City tried to get around without their subway, a detailed traffic management plan and gridlock ensued. All bus service (including Express Buses) were operating all fare-free. At a noon press conference MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced limited subway service for the next day and a shuttle bus bridge. Limited Commuter Rail Service was restored that day (charging off-peak fares), before that both Penn Station and Grand Central were completely closed and locked:
- Metro-North began service at 2pm on the Harlem Line between Grand Central and North White Plains (Timetable), Grand Central also opened at 2pm
- Long Island Rail Road began hourly service between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn at about 2pm. Shuttle service between Penn Station and Jamaica began at 7pm, reopening the LIRR portion of that station at 6:45pm. All of Penn Station had been closed since Monday.
- New Jersey Transit's RiverLINE began operations every half-hour at 3pm
- In Philly, SEPTA restored all Regional Rail Service
- Amtrak restored limited service from Newark, NJ south to Washington, DC, without elevator or escalator service in Newark Penn Station. The Lake Shore Limited operated from Chicago to Boston only without the New York section (along with the Toronto to Albany Maple Leaf).
My Adventures that day on Leave No Station Unphotographed.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — Limited Service Restored
Here is the map, only released digitally and on black and white printouts (that were unreadable) in select subway stations. This map was slightly incorrect, the 1 and 2 trains were able to run one stop farther south to 34th Street-Penn Station instead of 42nd Street. The only subway line running regular service was the shortest, the 42nd Street Shuttle. All trains ran only every 10 minutes. This made busy lines more crowded and waits seem longer. The Power Outage south of 40th Street on the East Side, 30th Street on the west side kept subway service terminating just north of it.
- The Manhattan, Bronx & Northern Queens Network:
- 1 — 242 Street to 34 St-Penn Station via Broadway Local. Trains terminate on the Express Platform (either track) at Penn Station.
On Thursday the trains seemed to all say South Ferry still, no time to change the signs, on Friday I found this correct reading:
- 2 — 241 Street/Wakefield to 34 St-Penn Station via Broadway Express. Trains terminate on the Express Platform (either track) at Penn Station. (other sign reading was 7th Avenue Express):
- 4 — Woodlawn to 42 St-Grand Central via Lexington Avenue Local. Trains terminate on the Uptown platform at Grand Central.
- 6 — Pelham Bay Park to 42 St-Grand Central via Bronx and Lexington Avenue Local. Trains terminate on the Uptown platform at Grand Central:
- A — 168th Street to 34 St-Penn Station via Central Park West-8th Ave Local.
These trains discharged their passengers on the downtown local track at Penn Station, proceeded south of the station to lay-up/turn-back on an extra siding lay-up track the express tracks before reentering service on the uptown local track. The express platform was closed. All this switching caused the switches to malfunction at 34th Street for a few hours on Saturday afternoon causing downtown A trains to terminate at 59th or 125th Streets. It happened again Sunday evening. The R46 destination signs are all correct:
- D — Norwood-205 Street to 34th Street-Herald Square via Central Park West Local
Trains terminate generally on the uptown Express platform at Herald Square with F and M trains using the downtown platform although there was no signage to direct riders (the switches allow trains to terminate on either express track (or in theory local track) at 34th Street)
- F — Jamaica-179th St to 34th Street-Herald Square via 63rd Street & Queens Blvd Local. Trains usually terminate generally on either the downtown local or express tracks although the switches mean a train could get to any track:
- N — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to 34th Street-Herald Square via Local but bypassing 57 Street-7 Avenue in both directions due to the crane collapse at One57 and 49 Street on Queens-bound trains due to the switch configuration north of 34th Street (the single crossover switch trains were using between the two direction express tracks is north of the diamond crossovers between the Express and local tracks). The one terminating track is the Downtown Express track at 34th Street.
- S 42 Street Shuttle — Times Square to Grand Central
The only train line operating normally (although with increased service including overnight hours with the 7 train out)
- The Brooklyn Network:
- 4 (2nd Section) — Borough Hall to New Lots Avenue via Eastern Parkway Local
Trains discharge their passengers on the Manhattan-bound 4 platform at Borough Hall before continuing beyond the station to a diamond crossover to lay-up/turn-back and reenter service on the regular Brooklyn-bound platform.
On Thursday most trips were using R62 train from the 3 train, the destination signs set to the usual 3 route, just the bullet changed. I also found one R142 train on the line whose automated announcements were saying: "This is a Borough Hall-bound 4 train."
- 5 — Atlantic Avenue to Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn College via Eastern Parkway Express
Trains terminated using the middle Express platform at Atlantic Avenue, discharging their passengers on the Manhattan-bound side, laying-up/turning-back at a diamond crossover and middle track before reentering service on the Brooklyn-bound side of the express platform.
The Atlantic-Barclays destination signs were correct but also scrolled through Bronx EXP, Lexington Av EXP, Eastern Pkwy EXP. The Announcement said: "This is a Manhattan-bound 5 train, the next and last stop is Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center"
- A (2nd Section) — Jay Street to Lefferts Blvd via Central Park West-8th Ave Local
Trains terminated using a diamond crossover beyond the platforms at Jay Street, discharging their platforms on the Manhattan-bound side before continuing beyond the station and reentering service on the Queens-bound side.
- D — Pacific Street (Atlantic Avenue) to Bay Parkway via 4th Avenue Express and West End Line
The trains in use were simply R68s with the destination signs set to the usual 205th Street to Coney Island Route.
Trains terminated at Pacific Street on the Manhattan-bound track just beyond the station using a single switch north of the station. Trains discharged their passengers on Manhattan-bound platform, and received passengers on the Coney Island-bound platform. At Bay Parkway operations were similar with trains turning on the middle track beyond the Bay Parkway station discharging on the Coney Island-bound platform, receiving on the Manhattan-bound platform.
- F (2nd Section) — Jay Street to Avenue X via Culver Local:
Trains to Avenue X were displaying the usual "63 St/6 Av LCL," "Culver LCL" signs
Trains at Jay Street terminated beyond the station, discharging their passengers on the Manhattan-bound platform before continuing beyond the station to a diamond crossover just before York Street (or switching onto the A train tracks to turn-back). At Avenue X they did a similar move discharging their passengers on the Coney Island-bound platform before continuing south, turning back on the Coney-Island bound track and using a single crossover switch to the Manhattan-bound track and platform.
- J — Hewes Street to Jamaica Center via Jamaica Local
The trains destination signs said the next stop (closed, at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge) Marcy Avenue because Hewes Street isn't an option
Trains terminated at Hewes Street by discharging their passengers on the Manhattan-bound platform before laying-up/turning back at the stub end of the middle track (in the middle of the Marcy Avenue Station) and reentering service on the Jamaica-bound platform.
- L — Shuttle: Broadway Junction to Rockaway Parkway
Trains terminated on either track using a diamond crossover beyond the Broadway Junction Station, discharging their passengers on the Manhattan-bound platform and receiving passengers on the Brooklyn-bound platform. Trains were correctly signed (a routing used regularly for many service changers while CBTC was being installed and for regular track work, with single track shuttle trains every 24 minutes, trains are running every 10 minutes):
- M — Shuttle: Metropolitan Avenue to Myrtle Avenue/Broadway (normal weekend service)
- R — Jay Street-MetroTech to 95th Street-Bay Ridge via 4th Avenue Local (or simply a Shuttle as the signs said)
Trains terminated on either track using a diamond crossover beyond the Jay Street platform, discharging their passengers on the Manhattan-bound side of Jay Street's platform, receiving passengers on the Bay Ridge-bound side. Later, on Sunday, R trains had the generic To Jay Street signs
- Fully Suspended Subway Lines: 3, 7, B, C, E, G, Q, S, Z, Franklin Avenue & Rockaway Park Shuttles
A Bus Shuttle is running over the Lower Level Roadway of the Manhattan Bridge (turned into a dedicated busway) from Hewes Street (J), Jay Street-MetroTech (A,F,R) and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (riders were staged in the plaza) uptown on 3rd Avenue, downtown on Lexington Avenue to Lexington Avenue/54 Street. (Alert of Stops) These buses have extremely long lines with commuters waiting up to 2 hours in lines that snaked for example around the Barclays Center especially.
- Metro-North restored service to Mount Kisco on the Harlem Line (timetable) and Stamford on the New Haven Line (timetable)
- Long Island Rail Road restored hourly service to Great Neck on the Port Washington Branch (timetable) and all the way to Ronkonkoma (timetable) on that branch. Hourly Shuttle from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal and a supplemental train every hour between Penn Station and Jamaica
- Shore Line East began operations from New Haven to Old Saybrook and New London only
- Amtrak continued limited service from Newark, NJ south to Washington, DC. It began running service from New Haven North to Boston and Shuttle Service to Springfield. All Acela Express service was still discontinued.
At about 3:15pm the two networks are connected in one out of the way location, Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Center for passengers at least (there is no track connection their, so no way for the MTA to move Rolling Stock), here is the revised map:
- M (2nd Section) — Jamaica Center to 34th St-Herald Square via 63rd Street and Queens Blvd Local
This become by far the most interesting route in the system. The M train was using its usual fleet of R160s but the automated announcements and destination signs don't have M to Jamaica Center, nor 53rd Street. M trains ran with their usual destination signs, "Forest Hills-71 Ave", or "34 St-Herald Square." From Forest Hills to Jamaica trains run with all the signs saying "Last Stop" to avoid confusion paper signs are in the windows of every car that say "M: Jamaica Center to 34 St-Herald Sq". This train (along with the D and the F) also caused an operations nightmare turning at 34th Street with one interlocking (that actually has two diamond crossovers) turning three subway lines before 34th Street
- Metro-North also extended service on the Harlem Line to Southeast (timetable), first southbound trip at 2pm
A bit before 9pm Thursday evening this line began operations:
- 7 — Main Street-Flushing to 74th St-Broadway via Local
Trains terminated on the middle track using switches just south of the 74th Street-Broadway platforms, discharging passengers on the Manhattan-bound platform, receiving them on the Flushing-bound.
74th St-Broadway is not on the roll signs so trains said "Special"
- Amtrak also restored limited New York to Washington, DC service this evening
Friday, November 2 — Metro-North Service Nearly Restored
In the morning one more subway branch, and all subway service in the Bronx is back with every station opened, in the same service patterns within the boroughs (except for southern terminals) as late nights, the new map
- 5 — Shuttle: Dyre Avenue to East 180th St (normal late night service)
- The Long Island Rail Road began hourly service on the Babylon Branch and out to Huntington (on the Port Jefferson Branch). Service on the Port Washington Branch was extended from Great Neck to Port Washington, restoring the full branch (train schedules I forgot to download but seem nearly identical to those operated over the weekend, see November 3 entry)
- Metro-North restored service to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and all the way to New Haven on the New Haven Line, nearly regular weekday service operated
- New Jersey announced service on the Northeast Corridor Line (except to Jersey Avenue and on the Dinky), one stop south of Rahway on the North Jersey Coast Line to Woodbridge (Avenel a minor station is bypassed and not even mentioned, combined timetable), the Raritan Valley Line to Raritan (timetable) , and extremely limited peak-direction only service from Port Jervis or Suffern via only the Main Line to Secaucus Junction (timetable)
- Only the Northeast Corridor Line that runs exclusively on the Amtrak owned and control ROW actually had restored operations, the other 3 lines were suspended due to a power outage at the flooded NJT Rail Operations Center in The Meadowlands, resulting in the previously announced service not operating.
- Amtrak restores limited Boston to Washington, Northeast Corridor service on the Northeast Regional and Acela Express
Saturday, November 3 — Manhattan-Brooklyn Service Restored:
This is the big day when subway service was finally restored between Manhattan and Brooklyn. This is because of power being restored in Lower Manhattan and the MTA pumping out some of the East River Tunnels (the MTA had previously announced on Friday that they were simply waiting for Con Ed to restore subway service) This morning this service was all restored effective 10am:, the Revised Subway Map:
- 4 — Woodlawn to New Lots Avenue via Lexington Avenue Express and Eastern Parkway Local (Local in Brooklyn, Regular Service, extended to New Lots Ave replacing the 3), bypassed Fulton Street due to Power Issues. Trains were using both the 4's usual R142 and R142A, plus some of the 3 train's R62. An interesting day of operations.
- 5 — Dyre Avenue to Flatbush Avenue via Lexington Avenue Express, and Bronx and Eastern Parkway Local (Regular Service except Local in Brooklyn), bypassed Fulton Street due to Power Issues.
- 6 — Pelham Bay Park to Brooklyn Bridge via Pelham and Lexington Avenue Local (Regular Service)
- 7 — Main Street-Flushing to Times Square via Local (Regular Service)
- The Shuttle Bus service were supposed to end at noon (according to the service update). Instead only the Atlantic Avenue buses were really discontinued with buses continuing to Jay Street to keep some strain off the 4 and 5 trains and Hewes Street to substitute for the service still lacking over the Williamsburg Bridge
- Staten Island Railway — Hourly Service to and from the ferry. Map addition with it, there is no service to certain stations from 7pm to 7am I assume due to power outages. The line is barely up and running because of damage to the signaling system from flooding at the St. George Ferry Terminal leaving just two tracks to terminate trains in service. Trains will run reduced service for at least 16 weeks: hourly on weekends, every half-hour during weekdays and every 15 minutes during the AM and PM Peak Hours with no express service. (information sign) and no guaranteed connections to the ferry.
- Metro-North at the beginning of the service day restored regular weekend service on the Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie, Harlem Line to Southeast, and New Haven Line except on the 3 Connecticut Branches to New Canaan, Waterbury and Danbury, Map
- Long Island Rail Road: hourly service (click for schedules) on the Port Washington, Ronkonkoma, Babylon Branch and to Huntington only on the Port Jefferson Branch
- Amtrak began running regular Weekend Northeast Regional and Acela Express
In the evening the first East River Bridge Opened, the Williamsburg, unfortunately this at first is a stub-end with no connections to other subway lines to get farther into Manhattan, the updated map
- J — Essex Street to Jamaica Center via Jamaica Local
Train service is finally restored over the Williamsburg Bridge to Essex Street where passengers can connect with no other trains into Manhattan.
This was at first short lived, at 9:23pm the MTA released a service advisory that due to switch problems at Essex Street, Broad St-bound trains are terminating at Hewes Street and shuttle bus service was available. Another advisory at 11:23pm restored all J service over the Bridge to Essex Street. Switching problems at Essex Street plagued the J train through Sunday and eventually some trains were terminating at Hewes Street and then Marcy Avenue. Trains that made it, terminated on the normal Jamaica-bound track.
- In the afternoon Amtrak restored extremely limited Empire Service Trains between New York and Albany
Sunday, November 4, 2012:
At around 4:30am this morning (according to the service advisories posted when I woke up around 8:00am, don't know if that was Standard DST Time, today is the end of DST) the MTA restored service through the Clark Street Tubes (2,3) and over the Northside of the Manhattan Bridge on the D train, here is the map which was wrong about Brooklyn IRT service and certain local stops in lower Manhattan along the 7th Avenue which look closed (but were not) on the map, the service alerts also got it wrong:
- 1 — Extended south to 14 Street via Broadway Local as far as between 42 and 34th Streets where they switched over to the express tracks and ran non-stop to 14 Street where trains terminated on either express track using a diamond crossover north of the station.
One train had the correct destination signs, 14th Street isn't an option so it said Special
- 2 — Extended south to Flatbush Avenue via Broadway Express north of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue Local south of 34th Street, switching to the local tracks between 42 and 34 Streets causing confusion as to which platform at Penn Station, and back to the express tracks north of Chambers Street to reach Brooklyn
- 3 — Service was first restored (as 3 Late Night service normally runs) from 148th Street-Lenox Terminal to 42 Street-Times Square via Express
At 8:52am an advisory was issued extending service south to New Lots Avenue via Broadway Express north of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue Local south of 34th Street, switching to the local tracks between 42 and 34 Streets causing confusion as to which platform at Penn Station, and back to the express tracks north of Chambers Street to reach Brooklyn (normal non-late night service)
- 4 — Cut back to Crown Heights-Utica Avenue via Lexington Avenue and Eastern Parkway Express after 9am (I believe), the service advisories through in the afternoon-evening still said New Lots Avenue, back to normal service. Trains stop at Fulton Street again
- 5 — Early Sunday morning, after 2 train service was restored, the MTA's website claims, trains were cut back to the standard Late Night Shuttle: running in the Bronx only between East 180th Street to Dyre Avenue. Through the morning and afternoon the MTA's Website claimed this. I was at Bowling Green around 5pm and 5 trains were running their usual Sunday service from Dyre Avenue to Bowling Green, at 8:50pm the website advisories finally reflected this correct service. At one point they said the 6 was running to Bowling Green
- D — Norwood-205 Street to Bay Parkway via Central Park West Local, 6th Avenue and 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) Express, stopping at DeKalb Avenue
Service over the southern side of the Manhattan Bridge is restored! Coney Island is still without power and flooded so trains have to terminate at Bay Parkway. I actually found a train of R68s with the correct destination signs (although most still said Coney Island):
- Although there are four different crossings open between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Shuttle Buses continue to run at least to Jay Street-MetroTech (I saw a few). This will be the last day of their very important 4 days of operations.
- New Jersey Transit finally figured out a way to restore some service after the flooding at their Rail Operations Center:
- Some North Jersey Coast Line trains extended just one stop from the NEC to Woodbridge, finally joined the Northeast Corridor Trains(Same schedule as on Friday, Woodbridge was never removed)
- Regular Sunday Raritan Valley Line service (Extended service to High Bridge is weekdays only)
- The Atlantic City Line is fully restored
- Train service from only Secaucus (not ADA compliant due to power outages) to Port Jervis (Hoboken still flooded) according to the website using the same peak hour peak direction only schedule as released on Friday (extremely not practical for a weekend)
- Amtrak: Restores partial service on all routes except for the Lake Shore Limited requiring a connecting train into New York City and the Ethan Allen Express, the Adirondack is restored (running only northbound today). The reason for the Lake Shore not entering Penn Station is because only the northern two tubes beneath the east river to Sunnyside Yard have been restored and the tracks required for access to the Empire Connection to Albany don't connect with them without a complex reverse back-up move. The Lake Shore Limited is to long to allow this compared to Empire Service trains.
During the Middle of the Day on Sunday the following services were restored, with a third Brooklyn tube dry and another Brooklyn branch partially in service, the second subway map of the day, the MTA summarizes them as "Shortly before noon":
- At about 10:14am (first service advisory I noticed) Q — Restored in Brooklyn Only: Jay Street-MetroTech to Kings Highway via Brighton Local. Trains share the terminus at Jay Street (using a crossover beyond the station) with R trains causing some congestion there (waited at both Atlantic Avenue and DeKalb Avenue for our turn). Trains had extremely interesting destination sings: Jay Street-bound trains said To Whitehall Street with Borough Hall set to "Will Not Stop". Kings Hwy appeared fine except the announcements said simply a Brooklyn-bound Q train (guess Kings Highway-bound Q train isn't programed although it is on the F):
- At 11:39am S Franklin Avenue Shuttle — Franklin Avenue-Fulton St to Prospect Park
- F — Jamaica-179th St to Avenue X via 63rd Street & Queens Blvd Local. Trains nearly back to normal except for running local in Queens and not going all the way to Coney Island.
In the afternoon, around 3pm, the two halves of this line were connected, (and a new subway map, third of the day):
- M — Metropolitan Avenue to Jamaica Center (Upper Level) via Myrtle Avenue Local, Williamsburg Bridge, 6th Avenue Local, 63 Street Tunnel, and Queens Blvd Local.
The ultimate nearly loop train intersecting the J train at two different ends! In Manhattan trains displayed a mix of destination signs with To Metropolitan Avenue via "6 Av/63 St LCL" and incorrect "6 Av/53 St LCL" both present. All Jamaica Center-bound trains all said "Forest Hills-71 Av" (via 53 St or 63 St) with no mention of Jamaica Center except for some (but not all) trains having the paper signs from Thursday. Although E trains resumed after 11:00pm tonight the MTA updated the M line entry at 12:26am saying trains were still running to Metropolitan Avenue (to supplement the limited E service)
The next change on Sunday came at 8:43 (Website Update), when the southern side of the Manhattan Bridge was opened (but nothing about the Sea Beach Line), R trains continued their same shuttle service in Brooklyn only (according to the website, I didn't venture into the field). The MTA released a (record?) fourth update to the Subway Map!
- Does not Operate Overnight, Midnight to 5am: N — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to 59 Street (Brooklyn) via Broadway Express (according to the map), Manhattan Bridge & 4 Avenue Express, bypassing 57 Street (in Manhattan) due to the crane collapse. According to the service alert it is a local
- Q — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to Kings Highway via Broadway Local, Manhattan Bridge & Brighton Local, bypassing 57 Street-7 Avenue due to the crane collapse
Finally at 11:10 (according to Twitter), 11:30pm (according to the website) this evening (at least according to the website no map update, the map makers have gone to bed) service in two more East River Tunnels were restored (leaving just two left that are closed), the 53 Street and Cranberry Street Tubes. Just think this early morning just 4 out of the 9 were open, 4 restored in one long day of subway service restoration:
- A — 168th Street to Lefferts Blvd (only) via Central Park West, 8th Avenue, and Fulton Local.
- E — World Trade Center to Jamaica Center via 8th Avenue Local, 53 Street Tubes, and Queens Blvd Local (assumed, Express wasn't listed). "This is limited service, nowhere near normal..." (Normal Routing, don't know if it ran express or local in Queens)
Monday, November 5, 2012: The Subway Nearly Back to Normal, With a few missing pockets
The MTA announces that most lines are back to basically normal effective 5am, here is the getting closer to normal subway map (the Brooklyn IRT is wrong, 4 and 5 trains are running express), later that day the map released another new subway map that shows Brooklyn Service correctly along with 6 Express Service. Only the R and L East River Tunnels are still closed along with the G tunnel under Newtown Creek. Personally my branch of the A train into Washington Heights (is Dyckman Street that badly flooded?), and service to Coney Island and the Rockaways is still suspended. The J train's Nassau Street Tunnels are also still closed and trains are terminating at Essex Street. They also figured out how to turn the 1 train at Chambers Street. They have to run trains south to beyond Rector Street without stopping there (that is where the nearest diamond crossover is), or running through the old South Ferry Loop station if that's already dry. The 5 train was already reversing at Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon:
- Subway Service effective 5am:
- Completely Normal Service: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (no <6>), E, M, S: Franklin Avenue & 42nd Street Shuttles
- 1 — 242 Street-Van Cortlandt Park extended south to Chambers Street via Broadway Local
Trains exit service at Chambers Street (there is a man will a bullhorn and staff on the platform to kick everyone off) and continue south I assume all the way to the South Ferry Loop to reverse. Chambers Street is in the rollsigns:
- 2, 3 — restored to normal Express service along Broadway-7th Avenue between Chambers and 96th Streets
- A — 168th Street to Lefferts Blvd (only) via Central Park West, 8th Avenue, and Fulton Express. Stopping at 155th and 163rd Streets.
- C — Restored from 145th Street to Euclid Avenue via Central Park West, 8th Avenue, and Fulton Local.
Restored except for service cut-back to 145th Street, this is because the terminating local tracks would get to congested if both A & C trains are using them at the same time, instead C trains terminate at the middle, lower level express track at 145th Street (Like B trains do in middays)
- D — Norwood-205 Street to Bay Parkway via Central Park West Local (since no B trains), 6th Avenue and 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) Express
- F — 169 Street to Avenue X via Queens Blvd Express, 63rd Street, 6th Avenue and Culver Local (normal service except not reaching Coney Island)
- M — Forest Hills-71 Av to Metropolitan Avenue via Queens Blvd, 6th Avenue and Myrtle Avenue Local (normal service, cut-back from Jamaica Center duty). Trains are running 24/7 to Forest Hills (instead of the usual Shuttle during Late Nights) cover for the lack of G and L Train service in North Brooklyn.
- 2nd Section: R — Forest Hills-71 Av to 34th Street-Herald Square via Queens Blvd Local (Jay Street to 95th Street Shuttle via 4th Avenue local still runs, no direct service to Manhattan for 4th Avenue local station riders), bypassing 49th Street Queens-bound, terminating on the downtown express track at Herald Square like N trains were doing. 57th Street-7th Avenue has reopened on the N,Q, and R
- Still Fully Suspended: B, G, Z, S: Rockaway Park Shuttle
- Metro-North: Restores regular service on three of its four branch lines: north from Southeast to Wassaic on the Harlem Line, and the New Haven Line's Danbury and Waterbuy branches. The only East of Hudson (The Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines are covered under New Jersey Transit, the contract operator) branch without train service is the New Canaan Branch which receives bus service (Timetable) instead. Recovery Map
- Long Island Railroad: Restores limited service (mainly hampered by just one of two tunnels, 2 of 4 tracks in the East River Tunnels into Penn Station) on every branch except the Long Beach Branch, Montaulk Branch east of Speonk and the Greenport Shuttle, there is much less rush hour service than normal (each line links to schedule), all trains only charged off-peak fares (to provide slight compensation for the fewer trains):
- Half-hourly service throughout the day on the Babylon Branch (with a 8-9 extra Peak Hour trains, ), Port Jefferson Branch out to Huntington (with scoot diesel shuttle service every 90 minutes out to Port Jefferson, plus one extra AM and PM peak diesel trip into Penn Station)
- Hourly service (including rush hours) on the Far Rockaway Branch (to Atlantic Terminal, as is normal), Hempstead Branch (to Atlantic Terminal, as is normal), Port Washington (with 4 extra westbound AM and 5 extra eastbound PM Peak trains), Ronkonkoma Branch (with 4 extra Peak trains)
- The diesel Oyster Bay Branch and Montaulk Branch as far as Speonk received slightly less service than usual but also noticeably absent is any service to and from Long Island City or Hunterspoint Avenue. If these lines were operational they could have provided a way for some East Midtown (via the 7 line)-bound rush hour riders to avoid crowded trains into Penn Station.
- The West Hempstead Branch received the most interesting additional service, this branch normally is served by a shuttle to Valley Stream during middays, bi-hourly (an extra AM Peak and two extra PM Peak trains) direct service from West Hempstead to Atlantic Terminal providing the only service to the 3 intermediate stops (Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale) in Queens on the Far Rockaway Branch. St. Albans had its own timetable with bihourly service from Babylon Branch trains
- Updated 'Recovery' Service Map, its wrong since it shows there is train service to Hunterspoint Avenue and Long Island City (not currently operating).
- New Jersey Transit: Today sounds like a disaster trying to get from New Jersey to New York by train, on the rail network, the same service as Sunday is operates on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line one stop to Woodbridge only, Raritan Valley Line (with Roselle Park, Westfield, Fanwood, Netherwood, Dunellen, Bridgewater, and Raritan reported as dark due to utility issues on a special schedule), and extremely limited Port Jervis Service via the Main Line (Lyndhurst, Passaic (west bound side only), Delewanna, Hohokus, and Mahwah are reported as dark due to power outages) to Secaucus Junction only.
- It was not a smooth day of operations (service advisories):
- 09:26:00 AM — NJ Transit Rail service is subject to 15-30 minute delays systemwide due to overcrowding conditions.
- Main-Bergen County Line train #1792 the 8:30am from Secaucus is up to 15 min. delays and may be subject to additional wait time before Secaucus Station arrival.
- 08:45:40 AM — Main Line train 92, was the 8:00am Secaucus, is 45 min late due to overcrowding at Secaucus station and NY Penn Station.
- 08:05:53 AM — Due to overcrowding, NJCL service temporarily suspended. Woodbridge customers should use Metropark station (probably with excess paid parking) for service to/from Newark and New York. I assume all the North Jersey Coast Riders from points south were driving up here, they also wanted riders to use the emergency buses.
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: Limited service restored along the north branch between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken Terminal every 20 minutes, Shuttle service to Marin Blvd in Jersey City. Newark City Subway is still suspended
- Free Emergency Bus Service (Rush Hours only) from Jersey City (Liberty State Park) to Lower Manhattan; Elizabeth-Newark Airport to Lower Manhattan; Holmdel-Garden State Parkway Exit 116 (PNC Arts Center) to Lower Manhattan, PBAT, & Newark Penn Station; Wayne (Willowbrook Mall) to Port Imperial (Ferry or Light Rail service), Woodbridge (Woodbridge Center Mall) to Hoboken, Bridgewater (Patriots Stadium) to Hoboken
- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is still closed so New Jersey is contracting with Statue Cruises to use its boats and provide free (rush hour only with a few midday round-trips) ferry service from Liberty State Park and Battery Park (the two ports they normally use to ferry tourists to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island).
- New York Waterway resumed all East River (except to Greenpoint, pier damage), and Hudson River Ferry Service (including Metro-North connections).
- Amtrak: Restores at least partial service on all routes except for the Lake Shore Limited requiring a connecting train into New York City, the Ethan Allen Express begins running (#291 to Rutland only today, all service tomorrow). To provide more track capacity through the North River Tunnels still with major capacity restrictions into Penn Station all Keystone service trains (except one round-trip) run Harrisburg to Philadelphia only
There was little relief for Williamsburg and Greenpoint Transit Riders lacking the G and L trains. Getting stuck on completely packed trains at Marcy Avenue. Just one little extension effective 3:45pm, new subway map:
- J — Chambers Street to Jamaica Center via Jamaica and Essex Street Local
Williamsburg Bridge Riders get a slightly longer extension and more importantly, a stable terminus .
Tuesday, November 6, 2012:
This morning there are not that many significant subway changes, Like the G or L coming back, just a few branch extensions one of which made me very happing (my branch to Washington Heights restored). On the Subway, The MTA (Flickr Set) moved about 20 R32s (the MTA's oldest cars no less) by road (unloaded near Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue) from the main system to the Rockaway Peninsula to resume Shuttle Train service along the Peninsula Line while the flats and Rockaway bridges are rebuilt. These will connect to shuttle buses for Rockaway residents.
- These Subway service restorations were effective 5:50am:
- A — Restored to 207th Street to Lefferts Blvd (only) via Central Park West, 8th Avenue, and Fulton Express.
- C — Restored to 168th Street to Euclid Avenue via Central Park West, 8th Avenue, and Fulton Express (Normal Service)
- B — Bedford Park Blvd (Rush hours) or 145th Street (middays) to Kings Highway via Central Park West Local, 6th Avenue and Brighton Express
- Q — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd extended south to to Brighton Beach via Broadway Local or Express (saw trains doing both), Manhattan Bridge & Brighton Local
- For election day the MTA ran special Voter Shuttle Buses for those who's polling places were effected by the storm and now have to vote farther away from home.
- Long Island Rail Road: restored Greenport Shuttle train service to Riverhead and Bus service extended to Greenport, plus more Babylon Branch service during rush hours from Freeport to Atlantic Terminal-Brooklyn, new LIRR map. In the afternoon Limited Montauk Branch service to Montauk is restored
- New Jersey:
- After all of the Woodbridge overcrowding issues NJT decides to simple suspend all service to and from Woodbridge and not try and run the few North Jersey Coast Line trains, a new Northeast Corridor Line schedule. Passengers bound for Woodbridge are told to drive to Metropark or the PNC ArtsCenter in Holmdel for emergency bus service
- Limited PATH service is restored fare-free today service between Journal Square and 33 Street only stopping at Grove St, Newport, 14th Street and 23 Street (skipping Christopher and 9th Streets) only from 5am to 10pm.
- The limited Port Jervis Line service is now bypassing Secaucus Junction and running to Hoboken to keep crowds off the few NEC trains, with passengers now supposed to connect to ferry service to get to Manhattan (New Schedule)
Wednsday, November 7, 2012:
There weren't any subway improvements to wake up to this morning, but improvements in Long Island and New Jersey. The MTA is saying 'Good Service' in the subway service box
- The Long Island Rail Road begins publishing new timetables saying the LIRR is running 45% of regular service, these timetables have no effective or expiration dates, the differences from the previous timetables are on the following branches: Babylon Branch (includes new rush hour Atlantic Terminal to Freeport Trains), Port Jefferson Branch, Far Rockaway Branch (less service actually to its Queens stations, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale), Hempstead Branch (to Atlantic Terminal hourly, as is normal), Port Washington (same as November 5), Ronkonkoma Branch (same as November 5), Oyster Bay Branch (same), Montaulk Branch (same with three trains per day to Montaulk, a few rush hour trips extended to Hunterspoint Avenue), and The West Hempstead Branch (same)
- Shuttle Bus service begins running along the Long Beach Branch between Island Park and Lynbrook (a new map shows this as well as Montaulk Branch Service restored)
- A Nor'Easter stuck the region this afternoon-evening resulting in heavy Long Island Rail Road delays from the weather including the Long Island Rail Road suspending all service at 5:30pm (and Penn Station becoming so overcrowded the LIRR areas had to be closed)
- On the Jersey side of the Hudson, NJT finally got late into the game of making a rail recovery map available like the MTA. Here is the map:
- The Princeton Shuttle Dinky Resumed
- The Newark City Subway resumed only between Newark Penn Station and Grove Street
- On the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, normal service began operations on the north Tonnelle Avenue to Hoboken Terminal Branch with train service every 40 minutes to West Side Avenue.
Subway Service Restoration during the day, Wednesday:
First came the G train in the morning and then the 4 lines (other than the fully closed Sea Beach Line) gradually coming back to the Coney Island Terminal
- At 8:55am G train is restored from Court Square to Church Avenue running 8 car trains at every 12 minutes and no faster than 10mph through the Newtown Creek tube due to signal damage, the MTA is actually warning of possible G train crowding! New Subway Map with the G
- Twitter at 12:18pm: F — Jamaica-179th St restored to Coney Island via Culver, 6th Avenue Local, 63rd Street & Queens Blvd Express. Normal F train service is back!
- Twitter at 1:31pm: Q — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd restored to Coney Island via Brighton Local, Broadway Express or Local (unsure), & Astoria Local. Normal Q train service is back!
- Twitter at 3:34pm: B — Bedford Park Blvd (rush hours), 145th Street (middays) restored to Brighton Beach via Brighton & 6th Avenue Express, Central Park West Local. Normal B Service!
- Twitter at 5:24pm: D — 205th Street restored to Coney Island via Central Park West, 6th Avenue & 4th Avenue Express. Normal D Service!
- Updated Subway Map with Coney Island
Thursday, November 8, 2012
- New Jersey Transit: The final Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Branch is restored operating every 20 minutes from Hoboken to 8th Street, new NJT Rail Map
- Long Island Rail Road: Train service is restored to Greenport on 2 trips, tomorrow its normal Greenport Shuttle Schedule, with no buses (and actually less total service).
North Brooklyn Riders get what they've been waiting all week for, here is the new map, with this new service at about 3pm:
- L — Full Service 8th Avenue to Rockaway Parkway, (normal service, except every 10 minutes)
Friday November 9, 2012:
Just a few more minor subway changes for this morning, service gets a bit better for New Jersey Riders:
- Z — Resumes its nearly normal skip-stop peak direction rush hour service with the J from Jamaica Center to Chambers Street only
- M — Resumes normal service now that the L is restored, no longer runs at all times from Metropolitan Avenue to Forest Hills, now just the normal Metropolitan Avenue to Myrtle Avenue overnights and weekends
- With another north river tube close to being pumped out New Jersey Transit is able to add more rush hour service on the Northeast Corridor (Hamilton is also having power problems and may be in the dark), new schedule, also for the Raritan Valley Line
- New Jersey also keeps adding more free emergency bus service routes, mainly at Morres and Essex Lines Stations as well as the Montclair Line, these now even include a free ferry ticket or ferry service for the routes that go to Liberty State Park where Statue Cruises is still using its boats that normally run to the statue of liberty for free emergency commuter service. More service is able to be added by using an increase in buses that include 30 loaned by SEPTA and up to 350 that the Federal Transit Administration is arranging through FEMA and the US General Services Administration: Bus Service Map
- LIRR replacement bus service on the Long Beach Branch extended to Long Beach from 6am until 5:30pm, when ending due to a curfew, running as far as Island Park until 9:00pm
At 5:42pm the Sea Beach Line opens, restoring train service to every branch in Brooklyn except for the Montague Street tubes used by the R train:
- N — Astoria-Ditmars Blvd restored to Coney Island via Broadway Local and 4th Avenue Express and via the Sea Beach Line, Normal Service. I don't find a subway map with just this addition.
- The MTA finally reverts back to its normal website
Saturday, November 10, 2012:
- Long Island Railroad operates normal weekend service on normal weekend schedules except service on the Long Beach Branch is still suspended
- New Jersey Transit: Operates weekend service included in the Friday schedules on the Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley and Port Jervis via the Main Line. The Port Jervis Line is the same rush hours peak direction only schedule except trains are stopping at Secaucus over the weekend
Sunday, November 11, 2012:
Rockaway Riders Finally get something, the power is still out, the subway map now includes a shuttle bus route (in an ugly format) that barely fits on the map, its wrong, doesn't include the Z being restored. Here is a terrible looking PDF service notice for the restoration:
- A — 207 Street to Howard Beach restored (or Lefferts Blvd) via normal service, 8 Avenue and Fulton Express
- Free Shuttle Bus non-stop Howard Beach to Far Rockaway running via Nassau County
Monday November 12:
Nearly all the service improvements are in New Jersey this morning. The First Incorrect Map (without the Morris & Essex Line portion that is restored), and PATH, later on monday NJT released a Correct Map:
- PATH Restores service to Newark via Harrison, trains are now running on one long line from Newark to 33rd Street from only 5am to 10pm still skipping Christopher and 9 Streets in Manhattan due to crowding issues.
Trains are running with all there destination signs blank and manual announcements made, I guess as a way to remind riders that only one PATH route is operating and to not wait for the usual route you need to take you to your actual destination.
- New Jersey Transit Restores to Following Services:
- Morris & Essex Lines midTOWN DIRECT between Dover and New York only, no trains to Newark and most trains bypass Secaucus Junction. The Gladstone Branch and diesel service to Hackettstown remains suspended (not announced until monday morning, not on initial map), special schedule
- Service on the Bergen County Line is restored along with all day hourly service on the Main and Port Jervis Lines, trains still bypass Secaucus Junction, special schedule
- The Pascack Valley Line is restored, bypassing Secaucus Junction on a special schedule with all-day service
- Raritan Valley Line service is extended to High Bridge (during limited Peak Direction Rush Hours, schedule)
- The Northeast Corridor Line gets more much train service: To New York, From New York, Jersey Avenue is still closed
- Emergency Bus Service map keeps expanding
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail resumes normal weekday service
- Newark City Subway resumes service on the light rail downtown branch between Penn Station and Broad Street every 30 minutes during peak hours only, service to Grove Street is still limited every 10-15 minutes, schedule
- Long Island Railroad resumes normal weekday service with 19 AM Peak, and 23 PM peak trains, canceled or diverted from another terminal (that isn't Penn Station), List. Amtrak has resumed service in all 4 East River Tubes using a temporary signaling system so full train service can't be operated
- SeaStreak begins (subsidized by the NYC Dept. of Economic Development) emergency rush hour ferry service between Rockaway Park and Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, fares are $2. It will run until the subway is restored to the Rockaways
Tuesday, November 13, 2012:
I thought it might be a quiet morning, but all rail service (on regular schedules) is now back in the State of Connecticut and Metro-North becomes the first tristate railroad to fully reopen:
- Metro-North New Haven Line, regular service is restored on the New Canaan Branch, this restores full service to the Connecticut and on to every destination on Metro-North (although West of Hudson Service is still under special limited schedules)
- PATH 9th Street is reopened during PATH's 5am to 10pm limited hours of service. The station is exit only until 9:30am when it will be open for both entry and exiting.
- At least as of 4pm Tuesday (Might of been realy, map is dated from the day before, Monday): 1 — restored from 242 Street extended 1 stop south to Rector Street, trains are turning in the old South Ferry loop, the new south ferry terminal is flooded and the R train's Montague Street tubes are having similar problems, new subway map
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
- Long Island Rail Road: Restores limited Scoot Diesel only service on the Long Beach Branch running weekdays only from 5am to 9pm (weekends and over Thanksgiving via buses) shuttling between Long Beach and Lynbrook to connect to trains to Jamaica and Penn Station, special schedule, a substation has flooded and the Long Beach Yard was heavily damaged so no through service for at least three weeks. New LIRR Map
- New Jersey Transit: Limited train service on the Montclair-Boonton Line as Midtown Direct service from New York to Montclair State University and diesel service from Hoboken to Hackettstown has been restored (Schedule), New Morris & Essex Lines Schedule with connections. Trains run virtually peak direction rush hours only (there are only two Montclair State Univ-bound AM trains with the first arriving not until 10:23am). Updated Rail Map.
- Updated Emergency Bus Service Map with a few more options from the Jersey Shore and buses continuing to operate even from stations with newly restored rail service
Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, 2012:
Thursday and Friday represent days the first days without any new service restorations in the city subway or regional railroad lines, the MTA over the weekend resumed the usual weekend track work with the same lines still not operating. Here is how weekend service is running, the weekend before thanksgiving:
- Long Island Railroad is running normal service except buses to Long Beach instead of diesel "Scoot" Service
- New Jersey Transit: Normal weekend service on the Raritan Valley Line (like normal weekends no service between High Bridge and Raritan), Bergen County/Main/Port Jervis Lines, and Pascack Valley Lines stopping at Secaucus Junction; normal Montclair-Boonton Line service from Bay Street to Hoboken (like on every weekend no service beyond Bay Street). Also near normal (2 cancelations) Morris and Essex Lines service only to Dover (Gladstone Branch still suspended), and near normal Northeast Corridor Service,.
- PATH: runs from 6am to 10pm only along one route just from Newark to 33rd Street with trains stopping at Christopher Street for the weekend only
Monday, November 19, 2012:
This is the big day for New Jersey Transit with service restored on all branches except for the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines, the new NJT Map:
- North Jersey Coast: service finally resumes! on a near normal schedule, just no diesel service to Hoboken from Bay Head and Bay Head service ending earlier.
- Northeast Corridor: normal service except certain New York-bound evening trains that make stops between Rahway and New York will be cancelled, which trains aren't specified. Jersey Avenue Station finally reopens
- Raritan Valley Line, still on a special schedule with limited High Bridge service and no express trains
- Montclair-Boonton Line: normal midTOWN DIRECT service, but limited diesel service from Montclair to Hackettstown, schedule
- Morris & Essex Lines: normal midTOWN DIRECT service from Dover and Summit to Penn Station, eastbound schedule, westbound schedule, service still suspended on the Gladstone Branch
- Main/Bergen County/Port Jervis Lines: normal service with peak trains combined or canceled, schedule. I think these riders are the ones getting shafted by trains that got damaged in yards that flooded since NJT didn't move all of its cars to high card, relied on history not computer models. Trains begin stopping at Secaucus Junction again.
- Pascack Valley Line: New Schedule, also with a few cancelations because I assume trying to maximize rolling stock
- Shuttle Bus Service: Nearly all routes discontinued except to PNC Arts Center and Ramsey Route 17, along with new Peak Hour Only Shuttle Buses from stations on the Gladstone Branch to Summit Station or Liberty State Park. Map
- Ferry Service: New York Waterway will finally accept NJT Monthly passes at Hoboken (PATH is still suspended there). Statue Cruises free ferry service will continue to run from Liberty State Park to Battery Park during rush hours.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012:
The Rockaways finally get limited and free Shuttle service brining back a bullet that hasn't been used in 20 years, new subway map:
- H Shuttle Train (opening one stop on the S Rockaway Park Shuttle) runs from Beach 90th Street to Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue every 15 minutes between 4 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Mott Av, and between 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. from Beach 90 St to connect to A Shuttle Bus (running 24 hours) to Howard Beach, Rockaways Map
- The train uses 20 R32 cars that were carried by truck over the Cross Bay Bridge from Ozone Park.
Amtrak: In order to free up more equipment for the Northeast Corridor Amtrak leases two trainsets of ten coaches (8 long distance HEP-1s, 2 corridor HEP-2s) and two Park Cars (dome cars) for travel use on the Adirondack between Toronto and Albany. This frees up some equipment to be sent south for more Corridor Service. Trains run from Tuesday, November 20th (northbound only), in both directions from Wednesday until the following Monday, and southbound only on November 27th, 2012. The trains can't run into New York City because of the dome car and third rail issues (the VIA cars have larger toilet retention tanks) so a cross, same platform transfer to a regular Adirondack Amfleet I and II train is required.
Amtrak and VIA release this press release on Monday that is extremely corny in discussing the equipment exchange as in the spirit of Thanksgiving!
I added a detour to Port Henry on a previously scheduled trip back from Syracuse on Monday to ride the Park Cars and had a fantastic time!
Wednesday November 21, 2012:
This is a day of lasts:
- Last Day of Emergency New Jersey Transit Buses and the Free Statue Cruses Ferries from Liberty Landing Marina to Battery Park City (I get a ride on it on its final day). The only bus service that continues to operate is from Gladstone Branch Stations to Summit
Sunday, November 25, 2012:
The Long Island Railroad is fully back with every station restored to regular diesel/electric service:
- Regular electric service will operate on the Long Beach Branch replacing the Diesel Scoot Shuttle. Weekday Peak service is still subject to a few cancellations.
Monday, November 26, 2012:
The end of Thanksgiving Weekend brings most service restored except for one rail branch in New Jersey
- Modified NJT Service everywhere except Gladstone branch
- PATH service is restored Newark to WTC weekdays only, no service to Hoboken (for two weekends in December to accommodate Hoboken recovery trains run Newark to WTC only, no service to 33rd Street with HBLR or Shuttle Buses providing substitute bus service). Service is still only between 5am and 10pm with no overnight service
- New York Water Taxi begins operating an Emergency 8 week ferry service from Great Kills Park in Staten Island to East 35th Street via Pier 11, with 6 trips in each peak direction rush hour. The service ends on January 26, 2013 when the emergency FEMA funding dries up.
Monday, December 3, 2012:
Two more service restorations, NJ Transit Service Recovery Map in the region, one on the subway:
- NJT restores service on the Gladstone Branch with limited electric midtown direct service (two trains per peak direction) to New York-Penn Station and diesel only service to Hoboken because of power problems with the catenary system at Hoboken. Service recovery map (everything back except PATH to Hoboken and North Jersey Coast Line to Hoboken)
- Last day of all emergency bus service with the Gladstone Branch buses being operated one final time, now rail service is restored
- Effective 6am, R restored from 34th Street to Whitehall Street (except Late Nights), with the Jay Street-MetroTech to 95th Street second section still operating (all times), trains are tuning on the middle track at Whitehall Street with only the downtown, Brooklyn-bound platform open. There is no service south of Canal Street during overnight hours, the N is operating via the Manhattan Bridge. PDF sign posted on R train cars in both sections.
- NJT announces it will finally honor PATH tickets (I guess you just flash a SmartLink Card or a MetroCard to the fare inspectors) between 9th Street, 2nd Street and Hoboken Terminal (all stations in Hoboken) to Pavonia/Newport until PATH service is restored. The same press release discusses a major increase in bikes trying to park at the Newport PATH station heading from Hoboken (I'm amazed this wasn't done earlier). It's basically means the HBLR is free (between the three Hoboken Stations and Newport) as long as you have a MetroCard or SmartLink card in your wallet.
Tuesday December 4, 2012:
Another portion of service restored to the BMT stations in Lower Manhattan, although nothing for the Montague Street tubes. There is a new subway map (its wrong, the J/Z are shown terminating at both Broad Street and Chambers (only the J terminates at Chambers normally, only on weekends), effective 6am:
- J/Z trains resume service to Broad Street, their normal Skip-Stop Routes
December 10, 2012 — A second commuter railroad (Metro-North was restored weeks ago) is restored:
- LIRR restores full Rush Hour Service with 3 of the 4 East River tunnels (1 out of 2 damaged tunnels) having its signaling system fully restored
Monday, December 17, 2012 — A few more full restorations:
- The Staten Island Railway resumes nearly regular service including AM and PM Rush Hour Express service with two minor exceptions (service has been gradually restored since the storm first PM Rush Hour service, then AM rush hour, here is the schedule effective November 15, 2012)
- Full NJT Raritan Valley Line service is restored, every other line is still operating (the Atlantic City Line was restored to regular service within days of the storm) with slightly reduced modified service because of the equipment damage and the fact the catenary system into Hoboken is still fried only allowing diesel trains into the station. A press release discusses "NJ TRANSIT already operating more than 99 percent of its pre-Sandy rail service into New York Penn Station, the full service restoration of the RVL will bring NJ TRANSIT's rail service back to 90 percent of its pre-Sandy schedule."
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — Hoboken Gets Service Back
- PATH service is restored Hoboken to 33 Street only from 5am to 10pm still no overnight service or service between Hoboken and World Trade Center, Hoboken is just a spoke connected only to Manhattan, not the rest of the PATH network in Jersey.
Weekend service operates from Newark to 33rd Street, and Hoboken to 33rd Street. No HOB-WTC service yet.
- Ferry service from Hoboken Train Terminal to Pier 79 will end this Friday, December 21.
- Service does operate (under weekend service) overnight from New Years Eve to New Years day
- The indoor waiting area at Hoboken Terminal is closed because of mold groth from the flooding, portions of it finally reopen on Tuesday, January 29th
Friday, December 21, 2012 — The Montague Street Tunnel is reopened, all underwater subway tunnels restored. Subway Map — This map was released in print from effective January, 2013.
- R trains resumes regular service from Forest Hills-71 Avenue to Bay Ridge-95 Street via the Montague Street Tubes. Late Nights, The R Shuttle in Brooklyn runs from 36 Street to 95 Street only, N trains via Montague Street Tubes. Normal Service.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — 24 hour Trans-Hudson Service is finally restored
- Starting this evening overnight: PATH service will run on one route in two sections Newark to Journal Square and Journal Square to 33rd Street via Hoboken. This same service pattern will run throughout the day on weekends. From 5am to 10pm weekdays service runs HOB-33rd, JSQ-33rd, and NWK-WTC only. Construction is still ongoing at Exchange Place to restore WTC-HOB service.
- On Monday January 7 all of the escalators at Exchange Place are shut down because of an accident. This caused a formerly moving up escalator to malfunction and reverse start moving backward (New York Times).
Monday, January 28, 2013 — Monday to Thursday overnight PATH service is restored:
- Starting this Monday evening normal overnight PATH service is restored: WTC-Newark and JSQ to 33rd via HOB. Weekend service is still suspended between WTC and Newark, (one route running in two sections: 33rd to JSQ via Hoboken, and a JSQ to Newark Shuttle). Still no HOB to WTC train service yet.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 — Weekday PATH Fully Restored:
- Effective this morning at 6am PATH will finally begin running the WTC to HOB line restoring full and regular weekday service, along with normal overnight service. Weekend service remains unchanged
Friday March 1, 2013 — PATH Fully Restored 24/7/365:
- Effective this weekend normal WTC to NWK Train Service will operate (restoring service to WTC and Exchange Place), PATH is finally fully restored
March 24, 2013 — The Power is back in Hoboken
- New Jersey Transit finally restores the catenary system back to Hoboken. This restores Arrow-III MU service on the Gladstone Branch and Morristown Line with midday service back to the usual every hour. There are also a two more Montclair-Boonton Line trains. Four additional Trains are restored on the Main/Bergen County Line, these trainsets were being borrowed for diesel service to and from Hoboken. Still not restored is Waterfront Service on the North Jersey Coast Line with just two diesel rush hour trips to and from Hoboken (plus one morning Raritan Valley Line trip).
April 4, 2013 — The South Ferry Loop 'Temporarily' (for 2 to 3 years) reopens: Subway Map|Night Map|Lower Manhattan Map showing the South Ferry Loop again
- 1 — Effective 5am the first five cars restored service to South Ferry, with damage to the new South Ferry Station years away from restoration the MTA has reopened the old South Ferry Loop Station, complete with a new passageway to the mezzanine of the new south ferry station.
May 30, 2013 — Service to the Rockaways Finally Restored
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