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NYC And Long Island Roads, Hudson River Crossings Back In Business

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - The city that never sleeps began moving once again on Sunday.

Officials lifted a rare ban on all road travel in New York City and Long Island.

The travel ban also included closing all Hudson River crossings.

The ban expired at 7 a.m.

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"I know New Yorkers were inconvenienced, but in true New Yorker spirit, they rose to the occasion," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of the ban Sunday.

Police issued 25 summonses to drivers who violated the travel ban in the city, the NYPD said.

MTA bus service, meanwhile, has been restored. East River Ferry service resumed as well.

Most above-ground subway service was back online at 9 a.m., but nearly all lines were running with delays For more information, visit,

Inbound Metro-North trains began running at 12:30 p.m., and trains leaving Grand Central Terminal began departing starting at 3 p.m., Cuomo said.

But for dozens of people in Bronxville waiting for a Metro-North train into the city, Sunday afternoon was a source of confusion, WCBS 880's Stephanie Colombini reported. One commuter, Bonnie Burke, reported arriving at noon, expecting a train at 12:51 p.m. that did not arrive.

Metro-North had warned riders that its automated train schedules were not updated to factor in service changes for the blizzard. But not everyone got the memo.

Upon learning the first train coming through Bronxville would arrive at 2:23 p.m., Mark Barbera said, "That's not going to work for us, so we'll have to leave, I think."

Barbera and his wife had plans in the city they just could not miss, so after an hour of waiting, they just decided to drive.

Meanwhile, many Long Island Rail Road yards were still buried in snow Sunday morning, and tracks were impeded by stranded trains in some spots.

"They (LIRR) have over 2,000 personnel that have been working to go and get this railroad back, and they will continue to work until we have that railroad fully restored," the MTA's Joseph Giulietti said Sunday.

The Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon and Greenport branches will be back in operation effective at 5 a.m. Monday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

NJ TRANSIT resumed its light rail service late Sunday morning. Officials also said most bus and train routes had or would resume normal schedules on Sunday afternoon, though they warned that delays and detours are likely.

Regular weekday service also was expected to be in place for the Monday morning commute. But riders were urged to allow extra travel time in case weather-related issues caused delays.

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While the travel ban has been lifted, Cuomo asked that residents limit themselves to essential travel.

"If you do not need to be on the roads, you shouldn't be on the roads," he said. "There are still spots of black ice."

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