Limited subway service will begin tomorrow; Nets home opener postponed

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Some subway service will return to Brooklyn on Thursday — but due to the limited transit access Mayor Bloomberg canceled 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.

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

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 Hewes Street and Jamaica Center.

The D line between Bay Parkway and Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center, as well as a Manhattan and Bronx section between 205th and 34th streets.

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, Mayor Bloomberg said at an afternoon press conference.

“At my recommendation, the NBA has cancelled tomorrow night’s game between the Knicks and the Nets,” he said.

“It’s a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is there is not a lot of mass transit.”

That game needs to be rescheduled, and the Nets will instead play the first hoops game at the arena on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues on Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors.

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 East River bridges.

In an attempt to remedy the backed up traffic on the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges, the city only allow cars containing three or more occupants on all East River crossings between 6 am and midnight starting tomorrow. Taxis will be exempt from this rule between 4 pm and midnight, Bloomberg said.

The flooded Brooklyn Battery Tunnel remains closed.

Schools will remained closed for students tomorrow and Friday, Mayor Bloomberg said during an afternoon press conference. Teachers are urged to report for work on Friday.

Some 108,000 Con Edison customers remain without power in Brooklyn, according to a company spokesman.

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

Updated 4:33 pm, October 31, 2012: Story updated to include new information about which lines will be back in action.
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Karen S. from Manhattan Beach says:
Am desperate for info about Evacuees of Zone A (who are STILL in Manhattan) trying to get home. Will residents be allowed back in (with proper ID showing residential address)?

Please, please please show some coverage of Sheepshead Bay / Manhattan Beach area, I can't find any info. including whether I'd be allowed back in (on foot) to my resident at 110 Shore Blvd., directly on Sheepshead Bay. Thanks in advance.

Karen S.
Oct. 31, 2012, 4:13 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am glad that the game was postponed. Was it really that important to play a game that most won't even have access to? If they had played it, the media would say that it would have been a joke seeing an almost empty arena making the Nets in Brooklyn a joke on their first game, though the same would have happened if the Knicks just crushed them. Of course those driving will be in even worse shape especially with that carpool rule that has gone into effect that won't allow any private vehicles going into Manhattan during most of the day, which will cause traffic in the outer boroughs to go from bad to worse. However, I hope that such a rule will only last until after the subway service is fully restored and this rule gets lifted, because it seems very unrealistic if you asked me. Just make it only during the morning/evening rush hours rather than almost an entire day. Seriously, much of the already existing HOV lanes are hardly used when they are in effect. Those of us motorists that can't find two other people will be forced to use the outer boroughs as parking lots, which would have been the same case if either congestion pricing and placing new tolls occurred making them another failure for Bloomberg.
Oct. 31, 2012, 4:34 pm
Paco Jerte from Segundo says:
What are you talking about Tal? Your inconvenience is the last thing anyone needs to worry about. Seriously, bro, what's the matter with you? You go off topic way too many times.
Oct. 31, 2012, 6:47 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Paco, explain to me why there should be at least three in a car going into Manhattan from 6 AM to 12 AM. I am just tired of us motorists always being given the royal screw job. Just hearing the hours is what is wrong with it. You have never had to walk in my shoes, because if you did, you would understand why I am against this. Until it's lifted, I will just have to avoid going to the city cold turkey. Hopefully when this ends, that rule will be lifted, but it will show why a program such as congestion pricing or placing tolls will be an epic fail. I wouldn't be surprise if residents and politicians from the outer boroughs will be demanding the rule to be lifted once all transit is restored. That idea just creates more chaos especially to those of us who can only get around by driving and can't find anyone else to go with.
Oct. 31, 2012, 9:04 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:

If you need an explanation for that directive, things are more serious than I thought. When will you quit with the negativity? It never ends! Based on your remarks, I pray this rule stays in effect as a means of keeping you out of the city as long as possible.
Oct. 31, 2012, 9:24 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Nice to hear someone wish the worse for me as just about everyone else does. Disregarding that, the hours that rule is in effect is completely unrealistic. Exactly why does it have to be for 18 hours? While I don't have anything against those wanting to carpool, but not everyone can get a carpool. Most of the things I go to in Manhattan are by myself, and most who I know would never want to go to them. I find this plan nothing more than an entrapment, because Manhattan itself is an island, so the only way in by driving is by either a bridge or tunnel, which is where the enforcement of the rule will be. Try having a job where driving is needed especially because of the hours and you have to be there otherwise you can get fired just for not showing up, plus you can't find any two people to take with you. Fortunately, there aren't any special events for me to go to in Manhattan for the next couple of days, and it will probably be lifted by the start of next week anyway. I still find the way that those who can't will be fined just another attack on the little guy here, while transit and emergency vehicles will get to go through without feeling hindered by it, which is making it a regressive movement. Overall, carpooling and HOV lanes does look like a good idea in theory, but not in practice, because I can remember using the LIE to get to my college, and during the time they are in effect, they are barley used while the normal lanes are packed with traffic, which is why they are a bad idea to have. On a side note, why do so many here wish the worst for me when I don't for them, which is really mean and insulting?
Oct. 31, 2012, 9:51 pm
derp from the isle o'coney says:
because you're mean and insulting? Maybe that's why nobody wants to go to Manhattan with you!
Oct. 31, 2012, 11:55 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal --
SERIOUSLY? Are you really this stupid?! You honestly don't understand why the Mayor has started mandatory 3 passengers for cars entering Manhattan? Really?!

What the hell does this have to do with the HOV lane on the LIE? Really? You don't know the difference.

God damn you are a stupid stupid person. Your mom really should take your computer away.
Nov. 1, 2012, 12:12 am
Lucy Webb says:
I'm wet!!!! :-(
Nov. 1, 2012, 1:50 am
JAY from NYC says:
Tal, commercial vehicles and cabs and livery cars are exempt from that, so your argument about the little guy getting fired is not really valid.
As for why 3 motorists, its because traffic can not move, there are too many cars on the street because the subways are not working properly, half the city has no power which means no traffic lights, this is an EMERGENCY situation. People are abandoning their cars in the street when the run out of fuel making things worse.
Its not normal right now, and normal operations CAN NOT work right now, and you need to recognize that, all of us here are dealing with it to some degree and people need to cooperate.
We don't need people complaining about stupid stuff right now because its "inconvenient" and "does not make sense" the entire region is having problems right now, and people's health and safety is on the line.
Instead of complaining, why don't you try and figure out a way to donate or volunteer to help.
Nov. 1, 2012, 9:41 am
Sal from Ft. Greene says:
Why don't you just ride a bike in? No problemo!
Nov. 1, 2012, 11:15 am
scott from park slope says:
biking is probably the best option now. traffic is rough and gas stations are having some trouble keeping up with the interruptions to supplies. you can take your bike on the subway if you live far out, and cycle the rest of the way. please wear a helmet and be careful--wet leaves on the roads can be slippery.
Nov. 1, 2012, 4:20 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Let me set the record straight here. I have absolutely have nothing against carpooling, but the hours it's effect is a major inconvenience to those who can't find two other people to come with them especially if their only way of getting into Manhattan is by driving. Let's not forget that there have been jobs that have been reopened, and some can only get around by driving especially if it's very far from their homes, have a very long day of work, or just happen to live where no viable transit is available. It's not their fault that they don't have the luxury to live close to their work like many of you do especially with the incomes that they make compared to many of yours'. Hearing who will be exempt from this mandatory HOV rule does remind me of congestion pricing to an extent. As for complaining, I have a right to, because the hours alone are very unrealistic. BTW, not everyone who drives happens to be selfish, and some of what you said at me can be easily said back at you hence the straw man. On a side note, Streetsblog, who is clearly anti-car, got grilled by numerous comments that agree with me.
Nov. 1, 2012, 5:46 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:

Multiple people making equally foolish arguments/comments do not make those arguments/comments any less foolish.
Nov. 1, 2012, 9:18 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Calling someone and idiot or foolish doesn't make you guys any smarter, and it makes Sarah Palin and George W Bush look like geniuses when you guys say that, plus you all really need to chill and lay off the Haterade that you are all drinking.
Nov. 1, 2012, 9:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal --
Have you ever been watching the news or reading the paper?! Do you not see how stupid your comments are?
Nov. 2, 2012, 7:54 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
That couldn't have been me posting on November 1st b/c I was busy all day with my twin tower rebuilding advocacy. I wish Ty and his aliases would stop imposturizing me on this website. On a side note I take great issue with people calling me stupid, just b/c I take another perspective. Do any of you know cartesian logic? Can you understand the Devil's advocate? Do you just spew hateraid when somebody disprooves you? I just came up with one day let alone write those myself, these are figures that support my claim unlike others who just repeat what they already mentioned or act very defensive. Their result is that if they can't disproove me, they demand that my statements be censored, and threaten me to stay out of the city, which is a hit way below the belt, even for the likes of you, Ty. As for some streetsbloggers like Ty, he slammed my with the most offesnive replies that I won't reapeat, and called me a conspirator despite the fact that I have prooven my claim with actual facts. Maybe he goes by that name b/c he is known to explode when he gets mad, which is what happens to nitrogen gas when exposed to fire. Another forumer that is not at all respecting towards me is Other Michael who is known for making a policy that all arguments must only be from those living in Brooklyn, and over at Streetsblogger he had deleted posts and locked threads that didn't adhere to that pointless rule that created the artificial barrier on valid arguments from outsiders. I did hear that Ty hasn't been posting on Streetsblogger since the section was taken when he was the mod of that section, which I found similar to how Adolph Hitler to became the next chancellor of Germany. There are even other fourmers on streetsblogger and who are very defensive when it comes to emminent domain, arena menus and bike lane projects and defend them like exterme nationalist. I tend to think of them as if they were pointing a gun in that they want us to think like them or get shot instead. I reiterait my point that drivers bring more into the economy of Brookyn than bikers ever could despite the protestations to the contrary. Do the math before you try to debunk me with your undebunkable personal attacks against me.
Nov. 2, 2012, 8:15 am
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
For the record, calling someone's arguments foolish is not the same as calling some foolish. Only speaking for myself now.
Nov. 2, 2012, 8:25 am
jay from NYC says:
Tal, I am going to ignore all the name calling stuff (which, as usual, is started by TY, who should be banned from this board) and get back to your argument on this thread, which seems to be that you think the 3 person in a car rule is a problem for some people.
Ok, it probably is, but right now, that can not be the priority, its an emergency situation and people are going to have to deal with inconvenience so that they city can recover, and its just that simple. You may not like it, but who likes getting hit by a hurricane and having a bunch of people get killed?
The situation is what it is and has to be dealt with, again, I would ask that instead of trying to dig up esoteric "facts" and arguing with internet thug wanna-bes like Ty, that you find a way to donate or volunteer and help out, get involved and do something.
Nov. 2, 2012, 10:38 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, I don't usually like to pick up strangers on the street, and some of them could just be asking it for either a car jack or a murder. Also, I don't have full trust with networking websites such as Facebook or even Craigslist when there are people who use it to pretend to be someone they aren't. Let's not forget that there have been criminals who usually go on them. However, nobody has explained why it needs to be in effect for 18 hours when some of us can't find anyone else for the duration, so I see the fines been given as a form of punishment. Please remember that there are those who live in areas such myself where public transportation isn't a viable option, so we need to drive to get around. Don't forget that getting to work after the hurricane is a sign of recovery to, and not everyone can just work from home. As for the hurricane, I do give my condolences to the victims of that storm, and I have donated to them, so that throws out anything of me being apathetic, but I doubt anyone here has. Still, when the subways are restored, that HOV rule should be lifted. On a side note, I was attacked by some on the NY Times by transit fanatics and they called me selfish when the exact opposite is true. If you asked me demanding for those who barley use the system to pay for it through hiking tolls, which is more constant and higher than hiking fares, are the real selfish ones. Overall, I am tired of being vilified just for taking a different view, and disagreeing doesn't place me on the opposite side of the political spectrum either as many have stereotyped me as, which is a major hit below the belt.
Nov. 2, 2012, 11:58 am
ty from pps says:
Oh, lordy.
Nov. 2, 2012, 2:21 pm
jay from nyc says:
shut it ty
Nov. 2, 2012, 4:30 pm

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