G Train Joins MTA Recovery; L Not Yet Running

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A subway station's entrance is blocked by yellow tape in New York, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Commuters in New York and New Jersey face gasoline lines and miles of traffic jams as the metropolitan area struggles with the chaos that remains in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
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Upending the expectations of cynical Brooklynites, who figured they'd never have a crosstown subway again, the G train is now functional after being flooded by Hurricane Sandy. The MTA announced the return of the line this morning, along with the restoration of the F train all the way out to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave. (The full recovery map is here, in PDF form.) That means about 88 percent of the subway is back in working order, by the Observer's count, although the L line is not yet carrying passengers, despite finally having its tunnel pumped dry.