Gallery: MTA Assessing Storm Damage to Transit System, Limited Bus Serv...

Well, we survived! Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene may have been underwhelming, but there is still significant flooding in many parts of the city. And while it certainly is annoying to have no mass transit today, we're glad that the MTA took the unprecedented move of shutting down the whole system. The rail yards in Brooklyn and other low lying areas have flooded, trees have fallen on the LIRR, and there was a mudslide on the Metro-North. We don't even want to think of the mess there would have been if all transit had been up and running. The MTA is currently assessing the damage to the system, which requires a walk through of all the tracks. They are unsure when subway and railroad service will return to normal, but limited bus service is being restored today. Buses began running around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon in Manhattan and The Bronx, and service in Brooklyn and Queens followed shortly thereafter. Conditions in Staten Island remain too bad for service to be restored.

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