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Hurricane Irene: Slow going restoring subway service

MTA officials said yesterday<br />it will take eight hours<br />to get all the trains, buses<br />and rail service back on<br />track and warned that subway<br />service would not be<br />running for this morning&rsquo;s<br />commute.

The MTA began restoring bus service at 4:30 Sunday afternoon, but Monday morning’s commute remained a headache, if not nearly impossible, for many.

MTA officials said yesterday it will take eight hours to get all the trains, buses and rail service back on track and warned that subway service would not be running for this morning’s commute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced later that restoration would begin at 6 a.m.

“It’s fair to say you’re going to have a tough commute,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

PATH service will be up and running by 4 a.m. today, so those in New Jersey can rely on the PATH to get them to work this morning.

The Staten Island Ferry out of St. George began running yesterday afternoon, as well.

But due to flooding on the tracks, downed trees and other damage, Metro-North and LIRR are not expected to be back up and running normally today.

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