NJ Ends Post-Sandy Gas Rationing

The program continues in New York City and Long Island, which initiated it Friday

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 12:40 PM EDT
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People wait in line with containers to purchase gasoline at filling station Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Metuchen, N.J. Some people used the containers to skirt a gas rationing system ordered Saturday by Gov. Chris Christie. Drivers with license plates ending in an even number will be allowed to buy gas on even-numbered days, and those with plates ending in an odd number can make gas purchases on odd-numbered days. The containers can be used anytime. Christie says the odd-even plan will help ease fuel shortages and extended lines for gasoline that have occurred since superstorm Sandy decimated the coast. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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Gasoline rationing put in place in 12 New Jersey counties after Sandy decimated the power supply and fuel distribution system has ended.

The order was put into place Nov. 3 by Gov. Chris Christie to help frustration and long lines at the pump following the storm that decimated the coast.

Residents with license plates ending in an even number were restricted to buying gas on even-numbered days and residents with plates ending in an odd number were only able to make gas purchases on odd-numbered days.

The order was in effect for the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

New York City and Long Island began gas rationing on Friday. That program remains in place.

The hours-long lines at New York City gas stations seem to have eased since the rationing began there. Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday he's going to leave the system in place for five days and then will reevaluate.

For straphangers put out by the storm, the city said the MTA decided Friday it would not provide refunds to riders who purchased 30- or 7-day unlimited MetroCards before the system was shut down for Sandy.

Meanwhile, NJ Transit trains operating between New York and New Jersey slowly began to roll back to life. Executive Director James Weinstein said Monday the system's most seriously damaged rail line, the North Jersey Coast Line, would be back in service earlier than originally expected.

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