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(Update) Ready, set, DRIVE: New York, NJ travel ban lifted; train, bus service resuming

8am Jersey travel ban lifted; parts of Conn. too. Sunday service on city buses and subways by noon today, Cuomo says.

7:30 m. READY, SET, DRIVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have announced it's okay to drive! Suffolk County, on Long Island, is the only place cars still can't venture out. All subways and bus service wlll also resume later this morning. Cuomo's office issued this statemen: " Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced that the travel ban in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester counties), Nassau County, and New York City is lifted effective at 7:30 a.m. I-84 as well as the Thruway have been reopened. Drivers should use extreme caution and prepare properly as driving conditions remain poor and other states still may have travel bans in effect. The travel ban for Suffolk County remains in effect. System wide service for the MTA and PATH is expected to resume this morning and further updates will be provided at 8 a.m. Longer suspension can be expected on parts of the LIRR reaching Eastern Long Island. .... New Yorkers should continue to exercise extreme caution."

7 am Update: Bans on driving remain in place this morning in NYC, New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. You still can be fined $300 in New York and $1,000 in Jersey if you drive. There are some exemptions for healthcare workers -- and us journalists but more and more tri-state residents are also venturing out. We'll keep you updated.

Put the car in park.

New York City has banned all non-emergency vehicles because of the dangerous blizzard conditions, from white-outs, to ice, and snow plows.

The ban starts at 11 p.m. and will be in place until the city fathers -- and mothers -- tell us otherwise.

Most public transit is already pretty much powered down.

If you hadn't already been jolted by your phone's life-stilling alert near 9 p.m., which had Twitter above, now you know.

Hunker down, Metro faithful!

 
 
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