New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a transportation emergency Wednesday and authorizes the Department of Transportation to waive fares through Friday as an inducement to get people to take mass transit.
Traffic in Manhattan on Wednesday "was very, very high, and the gridlock was dangerous," he said, describing the situation as "intolerable and dangerous."
Service began Wednesday between Jamaica, Queens and Penn Station and service was to begin Thursday between Ronkonkoma in Long Island and Penn Station and between Long Island's Port Washington and Penn Station, he said.
The Army Corps of Engineers will begin pumping water from flooded tunnels beginning Thursday, a spokesman said.
Train service will resume from Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Stamford, Conn., to Grand Central Terminal for rush hour Thursday morning.
"We're making progress," Cuomo told reporters late Wednesday. "New Yorkers are working, and they're working together and they're working at getting us back to work."