Wednesday, October 31, 2012
East Coast transportation starts the recovery process after Sandy
On Tuesday, East Coast transportation officials assessed damage caused by the huge Sandy storm, announcing it would take some time to restore transportation fully. Roads are flooded, power lines are down and millions still have no power in their homes.
John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport are open today with limited service and no estimate on when service will be back to normal. 19,000 flights have been canceled since Sunday, according to FlightAware.com. About 220 people remain stranded at New York area airports.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said LaGuardia Airport remain closed indefinitely.
Some East Coast airports opened Tuesday, including Boston and Philadelphia. Washington D.C.'s Dulles and Reagan International never closed, and now planes and staff are coming back. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs said limited service started Tuesday afternoon.
Amtrak is starting to offer limited services today, as crews make repairs.
CSX railway is closed from Richmond, Virginia, to Albany, New York. CSX has also stopped traffic initiating on other lines that travel between Boston and Philadelphia. CSX announced assessments were underway, and that repair teams were "removing trees, reinstalling crossing gates and ensuring generators were running to guard against power outages," according to Reuters.
Norfolk Southern told Reuters it was waiting for flooding to subside, clearing snow in western Virginia and West Virginia, and had a power line across tracks in Cleveland.
For more of the Reuters story: reuters.com
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