Post-Sandy Gas Rationing System Ends For NYC
The city's gas rationing system, implemented to combat gas shortages after Hurricane Sandy, officially ended at 6 a.m. Saturday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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It was music to some ears. Free and clear pumps, no lines and come 6 a.m., no more gas rationing system.
Earlier this month, the city implemented a rationing system for the first time since the 1970s after Hurricane Sandy took out three-quarters of the city's gas stations. Taped off pumps and long lines became a familiar sight.
City Hall now says that 85 percent of stations are refueled, and the lines are gone.
"It was a good system," said one driver. "During the crisis, it was a good system. Now that the crisis is actually over, there is an abundance of gas now."
The lifting of the rationing will make no difference to some. NY1 saw drivers skirt the rules across Queens, including at a BP station in Far Rockaway.
Now that the lights are back on and pumping causes little problems, some drivers are now thinking ahead.
"I would think New York City would be better prepared for this sort of situation, you know, Sandy," said one driver. "I guess they weren't. They need to be better prepared."
"That's just a small fraction of it, you know what I mean," said another. "The bigger part of it is trying to get back to the normal state you were before, being able to live comfortably."