Most of New York City’s subway lines were back to normal Friday afternoon, two days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through the region, bringing torrential rains and deadly flooding.
As of Friday afternoon, a majority of the lines were back in service with a handful of delays and partial suspensions. (Check the latest service updates here.)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been conducting round-the-clock repairs to get the nation’s largest subway system fully running again after the storm damaged tracks and turned platforms and stairwells into water slides.
“We’ve managed to restore a ton of service today but our tracks in Queens suffered the most damage,” the M.T.A. said on Twitter on Thursday night, urging those traveling in Queens to consider taking the Long Island Railroad instead.
Amtrak said it would resume service along the Northeast Corridor, between Washington and Boston, on Friday, but it said trains between Albany and New York City would remain canceled.
New Jersey Transit said all train lines except Pascack Valley and Raritan Valley would operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, with the Main-Bergen County Line temporarily suspended for a pedestrian fatality near Garfield unrelated to the storm. Bus service was running on a weekday schedule, but with some delays and detours.
The Long Island Rail Road resumed full service by Friday, with some disruptions spilling into the morning. On the Metro-North Railroad, train service resumed Friday morning for the New Haven Line and the Harlem Line after workers cleared more than 10 inches of water and debris from several stations. The Hudson Line, which suffered the most damage, remained suspended.
“Our crews have made extraordinary progress over the last 24 hours in extremely difficult conditions,” Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North, said in a statement Thursday night. “I cannot thank our crew members enough for the heroic work they have been doing and will continue to do.”
Flights on Friday morning out of La Guardia Airport, Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport largely appeared to be on time with minimal delays.
In response to questions during a news conference Friday on how the M.T.A. could strengthen its system against future storms, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for the state to move quickly to implement congestion pricing. Mr. de Blasio also pointed to federal stimulus money included in President Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill, part of which the city would use to strengthen its public transit.
“We need resources on a vast scale to fix the M.T.A.,” Mr. de Blasio said. “Congestion pricing will bring us the regular revenue to constantly make improvements.”