NEW YORK (November 1, 2012)—New York City officials are hoping that the partial reopening of the subway system Thursday will ease the gridlock that paralyzed the city Wednesday.
The traffic on the roads coming into Manhattan was still heavy and police were turning away cars carrying fewer than three people, a rule aimed at easing congestion.
Subways in Manhattan are running only north of 34th Street, because tunnels in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are still flooded.
The subways carry 5.2 million riders daily.
The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North each are providing limited service.
They have 300,000 daily riders.
All three major New York airports were open again Thursday after Superstorm Sandy shut them down.
LaGuardia reopened Thursday on a limited schedule.
Its bigger international counterparts, Kennedy and Newark Liberty, had already reopened on a limited basis.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the first plane landing at LaGuardia was a Delta Air Lines flight out of Syracuse.
Spokesman Pasquale DiFulco strongly urged passengers to confirm flights before heading to the airport.
He said Kennedy and Newark should be at full operations Friday.