Printed on: November 11, 2012

Weekend gas lines ease up in N.Y. but problems linger


NEW YORK (AP) -- At least for one day, drivers in the New York region Saturday seemed to be getting a break from spending hours in gas lines after Superstorm Sandy.

Around New York City, they still waited longer than usual at stations. But the lines that stretched a dozen Manhattan blocks earlier in the week at some stations were far shorter. Many were closed -- for lack of fuel or taking a break.

In Brooklyn, drivers waited about 20 minutes at most in blocklong lines -- much less than in previous days.

But on Staten Island, the few open stations were busier, with about 20 cars lined up on one street amid stalled traffic.

No one knows exactly what will happen in the coming week as commuters and businesses look for fuel to get back to work.

The gas rationing announced earlier this week -- the first in the nation's largest city since the 1970s Arab oil embargo -- is forcing motorists to alternate days they line up at stations based on whether their license plate ends with odd or even numbers.