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HOV Commuters Face Hours-Long Delays and Checkpoint Confusion

Commuter chaos broke out in Brooklyn and near the George Washington Bridge this morning, as subways roared back into Manhattan for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.

Limited subway and train service allowed Bronx, Queens, Long Island and Westchester County workers to enter Manhattan, but their jam-packed journey was nothing compared to the hours-long struggles commuters faced at other entry points.

Motorists sit in heavy traffic while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Triboro Bridge during the morning rush today.

With no power or subway service in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn residents had to rely on buses to get into the city. Thousands of frustrated Brooklynites circled the brand-new Barclays Center and waited hours to board Manhattan-bound busses.

With such huge crowds, some bus operators picked up passengers at the back of lines, just to get some people rolling — to the anger of commuters in the front of line.

There was also a major traffic snafu at the George Washington, where commuters had been promised an exemption from emergency HOV requirements.

Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo ordered almost all Manhattan bridges and tunnels restricted to rush-hour drivers with at least three passengers.

There was supposed to be an exemption at the George Washington Bridge, because many of those motorists use that span to head north toward Connecticut, and away from Manhattan.

But cops set up an HOV check point where GWB drivers connected to the West Side Highway.

It took a call from Gov. Cuomo to get that wrongly placed checkpoint removed, according to WCBS.

A City Hall source told The Post that cops mistakenly blocked cars with fewer that three passengers on the bridge because of an apparent miscommunication.

“That detail [HOV checkpoint] is no longer there,” the source said. “Obviously there was some confusion.”

Hurricane Sandy brutalized New York City and its surrounding suburbs Monday night and Tuesday morning, killing at least 34 Big Apple residents, officials said this morning.

The storm was particularly deadly in Staten Island, where at least 15 people were killed by Sandy, officials said. There were also nine storm-related deaths in Queens, seven fatalities in Brooklyn and three killed in Manhattan.

Despite all these problems, storm-battered New Yorkers said they were just happy that some subways were rolling again today.

“It’s [subway trains] the lifeline of the city,” said commuter Ronnie Abraham, waiting at Penn Station for a Harlem-bound train. “It can’t get much better than this.”

Source: The NY P0st

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