Updated 08/29/2011 01:04 PM
Straphangers Have Relatively Easy Monday Morning Rush
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Following Sunday's surprise announcement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that city bus and subway service would be restored by Monday morning, commuters found their first commute following Hurricane Irene was close to normal.
At 5:50 a.m. Monday, a Manhattan-bound 2 train came roaring into the Atlantic Avenue Station, 10 minutes before the MTA said service would be resuming.
"I'm so glad it came like it did. I wasn't really expecting it," said a commuter.
Monday's commuters got to see the first trains that ran following the unprecedented closing of the entire city's mass transit system. It was shut down at noon Saturday in preparation of Hurricane Irene's arrival.
Bus service began returning on Sunday afternoon, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at first said subway service would not be restored until noon Monday. That time was then pushed up to 6 a.m., much to the delight of Monday morning commuters.
"Yes, great, thank god they're back up," said a straphanger.
"I was expecting it to be crowded and wet and everything," said another.
MTA officials says all subway service has resumed, but there are fewer trains, so longer waits and crowding can be expected.
Both local and express buses are running, but street conditions may cause detours.
The Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island Rapid Transit, and PATH are running normal service.
Long Island Rail Road has near-normal service, but Metro-North Railroad service is still suspended.
For the latest transit news, visit mta.info.