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Subways offer limited service, but lower Manhattan still crippled by storm

Thursday - 11/1/2012, 1:50pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Subways are rolling in much of New York City for the first time since superstorm Sandy crippled the nation's largest transit system. But ridership has been light, and service is limited.

Downtown Manhattan is still mostly an urban landscape of shuttered bodegas and boarded-up restaurants. People are roaming in search of food, power and a hot shower.

And some New Yorkers are tired of waiting for the lights to come back on, and for services to be restored. People boarding buses out of town say they've had enough of dark, dirty and unsafe conditions where they live.

Police are enforcing carpooling at bridges into the city, peering through windows to make sure each car carries at least three people. TV helicopter footage showed lines of cars stretching for miles.

With power out and gasoline supplies scarce, many gas stations across the New York area are closed. The stations that are open drew long lines.

All three of the major New York area airports are now operating under reduced schedules. LaGuardia Airport was the last of the three to open. It has two runways that were inundated by the surge from Hurricane Sandy.

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231-a-14-(Craig Fugate (FYOO'-gayt), FEMA director, in conference call)-"in lower Manhattan"-FEMA's Craig Fugate says the agency is looking into housing for storm victims in New York City. (1 Nov 2012)

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185-v-26-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)--Air traffic is starting to get back up to speed at New York area airports following Superstorm Sandy. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (1 Nov 2012)

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180-a-07-(Charles Seaton, spokesman, MTA, in AP interview)-"gallons per minute"-MTA spokesman Charles Seaton says crews are still trying to get water out of all the subway tunnels. (1 Nov 2012)

<> 00:07 "gallons per minute"

GRAPHICSBANK: A couple walks past destruction from superstorm Sandy on Route 35 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, with lettering, Superstorm Sandy, finished graphic (1 Nov 2012)

APPHOTO NYBM102: Traffic clogs Henry Street, left, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (1 Nov 2012)


APPHOTO NYJD111: Apologetic signs are posted at a gas station that has run out of gas on Queens Boulevard, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. Gasoline supplies remain scarce, and stations still open have drawn long lines of cars. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (1 Nov 2012)


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