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How to Escape Manhattan Before Dark

By Irene Plagianos | November 1, 2012 4:18pm

NEW YORK CITY — Getting into Manhattan was certainly no easy feat Thursday for commuters jam-packed onto shuttle buses and partially restored subways. Heading out, unfortunately, will likely mean more of the same for Sandy-weary travelers.

If you’re trying to head back to Brooklyn, shuttle buses — or "bus bridges," as the MTA calls them — will run 24 hours.

The buses will drop you at the Barclays Center, Jay Street-MetroTech or Hewes Street, where you can catch subways, which are also running 24 hours.

Heading into Brooklyn, the shuttles stops are:

• 54th Street and Lexington

• 42nd Street and Lexington

• 33rd Street and Lexington

• 23rd Street and Third Avenue

• 14th Street and Third Avenue

• 9th Street and Third Avenue

• Spring and Bowery

Northbound, from Brooklyn, the first stop into Manhattan is Delancey and Bowery. The bus then runs up Third Avenue, making stops at the same streets as the southbound shuttle.

The rest of the city’s buses, which have been running on a close-to-normal schedule, will not drive past 23rd Street after dark.

The MTA said restored train service includes:

• 1 trains will run locally between 242nd Street and Times Square.

• 2 trains will run from 241st Street to Times Square. Express service will run between 96th Street and Times Square.

• 4 trains will run locally in two sections, between Woodlawn and Grand Central and between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue.

• 5 trains will run express between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

• 6 trains will run locally between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central.

• The 42nd Street shuttle train will run between Times Square and Grand Central.

• A trains will run locally in two sections: between 168th Street and Penn Station, and between Jay Street-MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

• D trains will run in two sections: locally between 205th Street and Herald Square, and between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Parkway, with express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street.

• F trains will run locally in two sections: between 179th Street and Herald Square, and between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X.

• J trains will run locally between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street.

• L trains will run locally between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway.

• M trains will run locally between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

• N trains will run locally between Ditmars Boulevard and Herald Square.

• R trains will run locally between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street.

• The 3, 7, B, C, E, G, Q and the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Parkway shuttle trains are still not running.

NY Waterway has also resumed limited ferry service.

For travel between New York and New Jersey, ferries will run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Midtown Manhattan and Port Imperial and Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken and 14th Street in Hoboken, and between Jersey City and Lower Manhattan.

East River Ferries are also now running two routes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A northern loop is making stops at North Williamsburg, Long Island City and East 34th Street every 15 minutes, and a southern loop is making stops at North Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO and Wall Street/Pier 11 every 30 minutes.

NY Waterway is also operating its free bus service from East 34th Street on a limited schedule throughout the day.  

The first ferries for both routes will leave from North Williamsburg at 7 a.m., and the last ferries will leave from East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 at  6 p.m.

Ferry stops in Greenpoint and South Williamsburg will remain closed until further notice.

In other transit news:

LaGuardia airport reopened Thursday. John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, the city’s two other main airports, were up and running on Wednesday. Airport closures for the past three days had left many travelers stranded.

Check out mta.com for info or @MTAInsider for updates.