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NYC Traffic: East River Bridges Open, Free Limited Bus Service at 5 p.m.; Trains Still Down
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30 Oct 2012 11:56 AM EST

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributign Writer; Image: A boat has washed onto the Metro-North Railroad tracks at Ossining. (Image Source: MTA on Flickr / Gov. Cuomo on Twitter)

Though the subway system remains closed due to extensive flooding, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning in a press conference that transit will begin to improve as all bridges throughout the city—except in the Rockaways—will reopen, while free, limited bus service will commence today at 5 p.m.

Power remains out throughout most of the MTA. It is being reported that no buses or subway cars have been damaged in the hurricane, but tracks are facing significant damage due to flooding, which will undoubtedly affect the electrical system.

Downed limbs and other obstructions are keeping the Long Island and Metro-North Railroads shuttered as well. Gov. Cuomo posted an MTA image of a boat on a Metro-North track at Ossining to Twitter.

“The two biggest challenges facing our city going forward are getting the mass transit system up and running and restoring power,” said Bloomberg.

He estimates, however, that the city’s power and subway won’t be fully functional for at least for three to four days.

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Queens Midtown Tunnel remain flooded and are closed, as is the Holland Tunnel. Also flooded are seven subway tunnels under the east river and many of the system’s stations, including the South Ferry station in downtown Manhattan.

As for airports, Gov. Cuomo stated that John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) could reopen as early as Wednesday, though La Guardia will remain closed due to damage.

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