The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, US, resumed partial services on Thursday, following the suspension of rail operations in the region due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the US East Coast on Monday night.
Services on the New York Subway, the Long Island Rail Road, the Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway were closed to the public by 7pm on Sunday 28 October.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that subway, bus and commuter rail services would be free on Thursday and Friday to encourage New Yorkers to use public transport as the city recovers.
The MTA’s Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North started limited operations on Wednesday, hoping to start sending trains into Manhattan.
According to MTA, Long Island Rail Road provided service between Jamaica and Penn Station, while an hourly service on the Harlem Line between North White Plains and Grand Central Terminal was offered by Metro-North.
Regular weekday services on Metro-North from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal will resume on Friday.
Amtrak will resume services by rolling out both its Acela Express and slower Northeast Regional trains into Manhattan on Friday morning.
MTA said the Long Island Rail Road will provide a limited hourly service on the Ronkonkoma Branch and the Port Washington Branch from Great Neck for the Thursday morning rush.
Services will run from the Bronx, Queens and Upper Manhattan to Midtown and from Queens and parts of Brooklyn to Downtown Brooklyn.
No services will be operated below Manhattan’s 34th Street and Downtown Brooklyn due to lack of electricity to power the third rail or to operate signals south of 36th Street.
Suburban trains started running for the first time on Wednesday and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor will take commuters along the East Coast on Friday.
According to the forecasting firm Eqecat, the total damage cost estimate, including property damage and lost business caused by Sandy, may have reached $50bn.