Commuters pass through turnstiles before boarding a Manhattan-bound train at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in the Queens borough of New York. The MTA New York City Subway is back up and running Monday morning after a system-wide shutdown was put into effect due to Tropical Storm Irene. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Subway service has been fully restored citywide after Irene forced an unprecedented shutdown of mass transit in the nation's largest city.
The MTA said at about 11:30 a.m. that all 468 stations had service.
Some trains were running at 6 a.m. for the morning rush, but not the full system. Passengers were warned to expect delayed service and more crowded trains for rush hour, but riders who had expected a difficult time getting to work said the commute was smooth.
"The subway is running very well. I can't believe it, they did a great job," said Dominic Cecala, who took an E train from the city's west side to lower Manhattan. "If they hadn't stopped the trains on Saturday, it would have been a mess."
The system carries 5 million riders on an average weekday.
Irene dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of the tri-state area as the storm skirted the East Coast, prompting concerns about beach erosion and potentially record-breaking flooding in already waterlogged New Jersey.
New Jersey Transit will restore most rail service Tuesday, the agency said early Monday evening. Commuters seeking transportation to or from New Jersey will be able to take the PATH train, which resumed service Monday at 4 a.m.
Metro-North resumed some service by Monday evening, operating on a Sunday schedule for the New Haven Line Main Line, Lower Hudson and Lower Harlem lines. The other lines remain suspended. Walder said the Metro-North line was by far the worst-hit, with substantial flooding on every line, power outages affecting signals and erosion of the tracks.
Irene made landfall over New Jersey early Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane on its way to New York City, where flooding, particularly in Lower Manhattan, fell short of the storm's feared potential at the time officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of that area and others.
Some 370,000 people live in the parts of the city that were told to evacuate. Many refused to go, but officials have not said how many people got out.
The storm weakened to a tropical system when it made landfall over Coney Island at about 9 a.m. Sunday with winds of 65 mph, downing trees and ripping up boardwalk before it moved to Long Island, where it wreaked further havoc.
Now, the nation's most populous region looks to a new week and the arduous process of getting back to normal.
All service restored.
The Staten Island Railway resumed regular service at midnight.
• Northeast Corridor: Trains are expected to operate between New Brunswick Station and New York only, due to ongoing flooding at Trenton Transit Center. Service will remain suspended between Trenton and New Brunswick until further notice.
o Northeast Corridor trains will operate every 20 minutes from New Brunswick to New York.
o Northeast Corridor trains will operate hourly out of New York Penn Station to New Brunswick.
• North Jersey Coast Line: Trains are expected to operate, subject to delays in both directions due to storm damage. In addition, 3500-series trains to/from South Amboy may be cancelled.
• Raritan Valley Line: Trains are expected to operate, subject to delays in both directions due to storm damage.
• Morris & Essex Lines: Trains are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow.
• Main/Bergen County Line: Trains are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow. Customers who normally transfer at Secaucus for service to New York are advised to stay on the train to Hoboken to connect with PATH at no additional charge.
• Port Jervis Line: Rail service will remain suspended due to flooding and storm damage between Suffern and Harriman.
• Montclair-Boonton Line: Trains are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow between Hoboken/New York and Little Falls Station. Service will be suspended between Little Falls and Mountain Lakes due to storm damage.
• Pascack Valley Lines: Trains are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow. Customers who normally transfer at Secaucus for service to New York are advised to stay on the train to Hoboken to connect with PATH at no additional charge.
• Atlantic City Rail Line: Trains will operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow.
• Bus service will operate on a regular weekday schedule tomorrow.
• Some routes may be subject to delays, detours or cancellations due to local flooding.
• Bus service to/from Willowbrook Mall and Mothers Park/Ride both in Wayne may be suspended due to flooding.
• Bus routes 194 and 196 remain suspended due to flooding along the Route 23 corridor.
LIGHT RAIL SERVICE:
• Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark Light Rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
• River Line will operate on a weekend schedule tomorrow until Wednesday.
• Access Link Paratransit Service will operate trips as scheduled tomorrow.