Drivers grapple with NYC gas rationing after Sandy
With police monitoring lines, motorists in New York City and Long Island on Friday began dealing with a new piece of fallout from Sandy the monster storm: odd-even gas rationing.
A return to 1970s-era gas rationing seemed to help with hours-long gas station lines that formed after Superstorm Sandy, but it didn't end a fuel-gauge fixation that suddenly has become a way of life for drivers in the nation's largest city.
"Even? Odd? Whatever it is, I didn't have the right one," said Joe Standart, a 62-year-old artist, whose car was ordered off a Manhattan gas station line by a police officer. Friday was an odd-numbered day, meaning only motorists whose license plates end in odd numbers, or letters, could fuel up. Standart's plate ended in an even number, so he would have to wait until Saturday.
As drivers sorted out an odd-even plan — a scheme not seen in New York since the 1970s Arab oil embargo — thousands of people in the region got their power back for the first time since Sandy came ashore 12 days ago. Still, more than 330,000 customers were still without power in New Jersey and the New York City area.
President Barack Obama, who visited the battered Jersey coast earlier, said he would survey the damage in New York next week from the storm, which the American Red Cross said will create its largest U.S. relief effort since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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