STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The MTA is reporting that among renewed subway and train service, limited Staten Island Railway service has resumed in both directions from the St. George Station and the Tottenville Station. The Staten Island Railway began limited hourly service at 10 a.m. as well, and service is expected to become more frequent throughout the weekend.
The Railway had been out of service due to severe damage in the Clifton station sustained during Hurricane Sandy and power outages, and track debris.
Other major restorations of the MTA New York City Transit subway system will have more than 80 percent of the system's track miles in service by the end of Saturday.
"In under one week, 80 percent of the subway service has been restored from what was horrendous damage, the worst damage that the subway system had ever seen," Governor Cuomo said. "That is just a great, great job. The service between Brooklyn and Queens and Manhattan is being restored immediately."
The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains resumed full service at 10 a.m. Saturday, providing the first subway link between Brooklyn and Manhattan to be restored after Hurricane Sandy flooded seven subway tunnels under the East River.
The Staten Island Ferry resumed full service on Friday. Much of the St. George terminal is functional, with electricity humming, the Whitehall terminal is another story.
All shops and restrooms in the waiting area were closed due to the lack of running water and operating escalators. Employees used bullhorns to make the announcements in Manhattan, but it seemed very strange to commuters.