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NYC restoring subway service after snow fizzles

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is restoring service on its subway, commuter rail and bus lines on Tuesday after a large snow storm that has been forecasted to hit the northeast U.S. fizzled. 

As much as two feet of snow is forecasted to fall in major cities on the East Coast like New York and Boston as part of a historic weather pattern meteorologists have dubbed “Winter Storm Juno,” but New York only received about eight inches by Tuesday morning. 

The New York MTA said it was ending an approximately 12-hour suspension of service on its subway system, which is the busiest transit network in the U.S., on Tuesday afternoon. 

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“MTA New York City Transit subway and bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule beginning at noon today,” the agency.  “The subway fleet was stored underground throughout the night and limited service was resumed on all lines at 8:42 a.m. Bus service will be resumed incrementally and customers should be aware that some local detours may be in effect.” 

Monday was the first time the New York City subway system was closed since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

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

The subway system carries more than 2 billion each year on 24 subway lines that cover 659 miles of track and service 468 stations.

By comparison, the second busiest public transit system in the United States is Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system, which carries more than 200 million passengers per year. The D.C. Metro system has 117 miles and 91 stations.