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Limited subway service will begin tomorrow; Nets home opener postponed

Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit, traffic was at standstill as New Yorkers tried to get to work with bus services back on track but trains and tunnels still closed.
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Some subway service will return to Brooklyn on Thursday — but due to the limited transit access officials have reportedly postponed the much-hyped Nets home opener at the Barclays Center.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will bring limited subway service back online tomorrow — four days after trains shut down in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy — but no lines will run in lower Manhattan due to the ongoing power outage, the Daily News reports.

Instead, Gov. Cuomo announced that the agency will implement a “bus bridge” to ferry passengers between Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan, Streetsblog reports.

Cuomo says that starting tomorrow, the MTA will restore service to Brooklyn on:

The R line between 95th Street and Jay Street–MetroTech.

The M line between Myrtle Avenue–Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

The F line between Avenue X and Jay Street–MetroTech, as well as a Manhattan and Queens section between 34th Street and 179th Street.

The A line between Jay Street–MetroTech and Lefferts Boulevard, as well as a Manhattan section between 34th and 168th streets.

The 4 line between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue, as well as a Manhattan and Bronx section between Woodlawn and 42nd Street.

The 5 line between Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

The J line between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street.

Other Brooklyn lines including the G, Q, C, and B, as well as the Brooklyn portion of the N line, remain out of service.

The incomplete transit service is the main reason the Nets won’t take the floor tomorrow night at the Barclays Center, according to the New York Times.

It is not clear when the game will be rescheduled, USA Today reports.

The renewal of subway service comes after commuter traffic came to a standstill across the borough this morning, with bumper-to-bumper situations on Fourth Avenue, Third Avenue, the Gowanus Expressway, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The flooded Brooklyn Battery Tunnel remains closed, and three of the seven inundated East River subway tunnels have been pumped.

This is a developing story and we will update as we learn more.

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