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Slushy Start to Weekend as Big Apple Digs Out From Nor'easter

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New Yorkers dealt with another rough commute Friday as remnants of the Nor'easter made traveling on city streets and sidewalks a challenge.

Parts of the city saw up to a foot of snow Thursday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that buses were running at 80 percent capacity Friday, but subway service ran well, with only some minor delays.

The Long Island Rail Road ran at 90 percent capacity, and Metro-North ran on a Saturday schedule at 40 percent capacity.

The MTA released a video Friday showing transit workers in Brooklyn operating heavy machinery to move snow and ice off the tracks.

New York City schools were open Friday, and student after-school programs, field trips, and PSAL games operated on a normal schedule.

Meanwhile, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is standing by her comments about the weather Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with NY1 Noticias, NY1's Spanish-language channel, she defended herself, as well as the city's decision to keep schools open.

"It had stopped snowing and my immediate reaction was thank God, and probably it was not the best choice of words but at the time it was heartfelt," Fariña said. "Look, you're always going to get criticism in this job. I've said it before: if we had closed, there would have been those parents who would have said, 'What do I do?' And when we opened, there were parents who said it was hard to get to school. I don't think there's ever going to be an easy answer in this job. I think what I want people to know is, I am really not clueless. I do understand the risk."

While shoveling outside his Park Slope home Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio also defended Fariña's "beautiful day" comment regarding the weather the day before, saying that the skies were clearing when she made the remark.

De Blasio also expressed a readiness to move on from this recent onslaught of winter weather.

"We would definitely like to deal with something other than weather, I can guarantee you that, but it comes with the job," said the mayor. "We know that whatever challenge comes out to you comes with the job. We had a very nice plan of lots of things we intended to do. Sometimes we had to delay a few days because of the snow but you have to do it, you have to make decisions, you have to keep the city running."

State offices, facilities, and operations are open but non-essential employees may call out because of the weather if approved by their supervisor.

Alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended through tomorrow, but drivers still have to feed the meters.

There was no garbage collection Friday, and there will be no garbage collection on Saturday.

Thursday's storm hit the three local airports hard.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty.

Amtrak is ramping up it's post-storm service and hopes to be back on schedule by Saturday.

The railroad plans to resume regular Saturday service along the Keystone line to Pennsylvania, and the Empire line to Albany.

The popular Auto Train to Florida will also run Saturday, as will Acela Express, Northeast Regional, and Piedmont Service in other cities along the East Coast.

To check the status of specific trains, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit

While pedestrians navigate slushy sidewalks and street corners, drivers are faced with the task of keeping their eyes peeled for potholes.

The snow, cold, ice and road salt has contributed to some potentially hazardous craters all around the city.

The Department of Transportation says that crews have filled more than 84,000 holes since January 1.

According to the Department of Transportation, they have already filled 7,000 this week alone.

The snow, cold, ice and road salt have all contributed to the problem.

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