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Gas rationing brings shorter lines in New York

Friday - 11/9/2012, 3:29pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- One man filling up his minivan today in Manhattan says the lines are a lot shorter than they were a couple of days ago.

It's the first day of a gasoline rationing plan that lets drivers fill up every other day -- depending on their license plate number. Police are enforcing the new system at stations in New York City and on Long Island.

The line at a station in Manhattan was just a block and a half long this morning, and customers said they waited about 15 minutes. Last week, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some lines stretched for a mile or more.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says three-quarters of the city's gas stations still aren't able to operate -- either because they don't have power or they haven't been able to get a new supply of fuel.

Utility crews, meanwhile, are making some progress against the outages that put thousands of additional homes and businesses in the dark this week, after a nor'easter hit a region still reeling from last week's storm.

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060-a-06-(New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at news conference)-"enforceable and understandable"-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the even-odd rationing plan is going into effect because the gas shortage could last another couple of weeks. COURTESY: WABC TV ((mandatory on-air credit (9 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD102: A man carries two filled gas cans at a gasoline station, in New York, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York on Friday morning. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (9 Nov 2012)

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