One of the enduring images in the wake of Hurricane Sandy isn’t all the devastation to buildings, standing water, washed-out cars, sinking ships, or anything of that nature. Granted, all those things are horrible, but one of the worst sights to see in the United States of America is a line for gas that stretches for miles. New Yorkers have been gas crazy since the hurricane, with lines lasting for hundreds of cars and some folks waiting in line for 8+ hours for a tank of premium. Well, no more, says New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. New York City, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey are going to have gas rationing.
“Drivers are still facing long lines, frustrations are only growing and it now appears that there will be shortages for possibly another couple of weeks,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday. “The best way, we think, to cut down the lines and help customers buy gas faster, to help gas stations stay open longer and to reduce the potential for disorder, is to alternate the days that drivers can purchase gas.”
New Yorkers will be able to fuel up on certain days depending on their license plate numbers. New Jersey will also undertake some of the same gas-rationing measures. All in all, a total of 12 counties hit by Hurricane Sandy and this week’s noreaster will be rationing gasoline for the foreseeable future.
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