Any fears that you had about a horrendous commute and no mass transit today because of Irene can be put to bed. Since Sunday morning, the MTA has worked tirelessly to get our transit system up and running again, pumping water off the tracks, removing debris, and repairing any damage to the infrastructure. At 5 a.m. this morning, the MTA resumed service on every subway line, snuffing out any fear that trains would stay out of commission through Monday. But trains are running less than normal, so you can expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Limited, express, and regular bus service has been almost entirely restored, except for bus routes with detours due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Looks like us city dwellers won't have much of an excuse for missing work today after all.
If you’re one of the millions of railroad commuters, however, your commute is likely to be more affected. Service has returned to near normal on six Long Island Railroad lines, but it is still suspended on seven others. With mudslides and significant flooding, the Metro-North definitely fared worst during Irene, and none of the three lines are yet in operation. Local streams and The Bronx River continue to overflow, and crews are working to clean up the damage from three mudslides.
What was your commute like this morning? Leave a comment below letting us know!