New York City offering free subway rides for Hurricane Sandy anniversary

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is offering free rides on its A and R trains Tuesday in honor of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The railways were both badly damaged by the 2012 storm, which led to interruption of service on some parts of the New York subway system for nearly a week.  

The subway system announced the Sandy anniversary in a Twitter post late Monday that read "for tomorrow ‪#Sandy‬ anniversary free fare for A train riders in ‪#Rockaways‬ ‪#HowardBeach‬ & R riders in ‪#Brooklyn‬."

The New York City subway is the busiest public transportation system in the United States, averaging more than 5 million riders on a daily basis. It has by far more riders, miles of track and stations than any other American transit system.

The Obama administration has provided nearly $4 billion to the New York subway to help with its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, using money that was allocated in the Federal Transit Administration's Emergency Relief Program.