Sandy Update: Fares return at midnight, sadlyBy
A brief late-day update: The MTA issued what has become simultaneously a sad and light-hearted message on fares this afternoon.
Yep, the rumors are true: MTA fares coming back tonight after midnight.
— MTA (@MTAInsider) November 2, 2012
Beginning at 12:01 a.m., fares will again be collected on city buses and subways and on the commuter rail network, and that emoticon makes it all better. Off-peak fares will be in effect on LIRR and Metro-North until further notice. Meanwhile, as parts of the Manhattan power grid come back online, the subways inch closer to a return. We still need the Lower Manhattan grid to come back, and after that, the MTA can restore subway service within around two hours.