NEW YORK (AP) – At least for one day, drivers in the New York region on Saturday seemed to be getting a break from spending hours in gas lines after Superstorm Sandy.
Around New York City, they still waited longer than usual at stations. But the lines that stretched a dozen Manhattan blocks earlier in the week at some stations were far shorter. Many were closed _ for lack of fuel or taking a break.
In Brooklyn, drivers waited about 20 minutes at most in blocklong lines _ much less than in previous days.
But on Staten Island, the few open stations were busier, with about 20 cars lined up on one street amid stalled traffic.
No one knows exactly what will happen in the coming week as commuters and businesses look for fuel to get back to work.
The gas rationing announced earlier this week _ the first in the nation’s largest city since the 1970s Arab oil embargo _ is forcing motorists to alternate days they line up at stations based on whether their license plate ends with odd or even numbers.
In New Jersey, state-imposed gas limits continued in 12 of 21 counties. The rationing based on license plate numbers will be evaluated to see how much longer it’s needed, according to Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie.
The restrictions, coupled with power restoration, have mitigated the long waits that drivers endured at service stations just after the storm, said Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association.
“It may take another week or so before it gets back to normal,” he said.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain