Superstorm Sandy: East Coast Residents Head Back to Everyday Life

A look at what services will be available to those areas hit hardest.

Oct. 31, 2012— -- With superstorm Sandy now in the history books as one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the East Coast, many states have begun to move forward and take steps toward recovery.

Bus service in New York City is back up. Limited subway service will begin Thursday above 34th Street in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.

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"The damage to the tracks, tunnels under water, is unlike anything the city has seen in decades, if ever," Cuomo said.

As many people on the East Coast start to rebuild and venture back into everyday life, here is a detailed look at what services will be available to those areas hit hardest by Sandy.

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  • The New York Stock Exchange opened today with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ringing the opening bell.
  • John F. Kennedy Airport opened at 7 a.m. today. Some airlines landed planes at the airport Tuesday night in preparation for today's opening. But carriers will be providing limited service. Rail service on AirTrain JFK is suspended until further notice.
  • Newark Liberty International opened at 7 a.m., but carriers will be providing limited service. AirTrain Newark is suspended until further notice.
  • LaGuardia and Teterboro airports remain closed at this time. But LaGuardia is expected to reopen on Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. with air carriers operating on limited schedules.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie authorized the closure of all state offices in New Jersey today. Many schools in the state will also be closed.
  • The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing are open.
  • The Holland Tunnel is closed until further notice. Floodwaters have kept the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel -- formerly the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel -- and Queens-Midtown tunnel closed. The Lincoln Tunnel remains open.
  • Gov. Cuomo has placed HOV restrictions on the Triborough and Henry Hudson bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel.
  • All New Jersey PATH service is suspended until further notice. All public and private bus service in New Jersey is suspended, but some bus carriers might resume service later today.
  • The first ferries are running between New Jersey and New York from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. today, starting from Paulus Hook, Weehawken and Hoboken North at 14th Street and going to the World Financial Ferry Terminal in Battery Park City.
  • Limited service began at 2 p.m. ET today on the Long Island Railroad and Metro North.
  • A date for the restoration of Amtrak service directly to and from New York Penn Station from either the north or south is not available at this time. The railroad said late Tuesday that modified service between Newark, N.J., and points south will resume on Wednesday. That includes restoring Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News, Keystone trains in Pennsylvania and Downeaster service between Boston and Portland, Maine.
  • There will be no Northeast Regional service between New York and Boston and no Acela Express service for the entire length of the Northeast corridor. No date has been set for resumption of service.
  • All New Your City public schools will remain closed through the end of the week. Teachers are expected to report Friday.
  • For the first time in its 39-year history, New York City has canceled its famous Halloween parade through Greenwich Village.
  • All Halloween festivities at the White House have been canceled in the wake of the storm.
  • Broadway will be lit up again for the first time since Saturday night as shows are to resume later tonight.
  • Con Edison tweets this is the largest storm-related outage in their history. Crews are working around the clock to assess damage and restore power. Customers in areas served by overhead power could take at least a week while underground could take four days. More than 250,000 lower Manhattan customers are without power.
  • The Long Island Power Authority said it will need at least 10 days to fix the outages. More than 914,000 of LIPA's 1.1 million customers were without power as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Newsday.
  • Labor Department spokesman Carl Fillichio said employees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are working hard to ensure the timely release of employment data Friday.