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Nov 1st, 2012 - National News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's subways are rolling again — at least, some of them.

An A train pulled out of Penn Station three days after tunnels were flooded in Superstorm Sandy.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota says 14 of the city's 23 subway lines are to be operating today with service restoration to continue as the days go on.

None of the trains are going into lower Manhattan, which is still dealing with a massive blackout. But commuters can at least be happy about the price. Gov. Andrew Cuomo waived fares through Friday.

The subways carry 5.2 million riders daily. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North each were providing limited service. They have 300,000 daily riders.

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — The full extent of the devastation along the Jersey Shore is slowly coming into focus following the superstorm. Nearly all the homes in wealthy enclaves like Bayhead and Mantoloking are seriously damaged or destroyed. Most of New Jersey's mass transit systems are shut down and some residents are still stranded in Hoboken, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. One frustrated Hoboken resident blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies have been slow to arrive.

Some environmentalists say New Jersey should consider not rebuilding everything lost to Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will be hit by more frequent destructive storms.

He and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocating homes and businesses farther from the ocean, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

Gov. Chris Christie says the shore is too important not to rebuild. But he leaves the decision whether to build again to individual property owners.

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