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New York City subways returned early Thursday with limited service above 34th Street, and buses were available to transport commuters between Brooklyn to Manhattan. But the commute, which spanned hours for some, was far from ideal.
In Brooklyn, thousands waited in sprawling lines that zig-zagged outside the Barclay's Center for packed shuttle buses to transport commuters to Midtown Manhattan.
In Manhattan, commuters squeezed into jam-packed subway cars on 14 of the city's operational subway lines, but were unhindered by the heavy traffic and gridlock above ground.
Other commuters from the outer boroughs walked or biked across open bridges to reach Manhattan, while those driving into the city were turned away at police checkpoints unless they had at least three passengers in their vehicles.
Despite the hour-long waits for buses and cramped rides through heavy traffic, Governor Andrew Cuomo waived all subway and bus fares on Thursday and Friday to encourage commuters to use mass transit. The free transportation also extends to the partial service on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, which returned Wednesday at 2 p.m.
See photos from Thursday morning and Twitter reactions to chaotic commute in the galleries below.