With gasoline supplies still short in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York City is implementing a rationing plan meant to reduce the hours-long waits motorists are suffering at gas stations.
Drivers in the city will be restricted to buying gas every other day. Those with license plates ending in an odd number or a letter can buy gas today, Nov. 9, and all other odd-numbered dates. Those whose license plates ending in even numbers or zero can fill up on even-numbered dates.
Similar restrictions will apply on Long Island, which suffered significant flooding and power outages in the superstorm’s wake, the Associated Press noted.
Roughly a quarter of the city’s gas stations are now open. Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted that it could take weeks for the gasoline shortages to subside.
Lines at city gas stations have shortened somewhat in recent days. Last week, motorists reported lines that stretched more than a mile. But waiting times fell to just 15 minutes at some stations this week.
On Wednesday, the New York City area was hit with a nor’easter that dumped rain and snow, further complicating efforts to restore power to Sandy-ravaged neighborhoods.