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More public transport opens in New York after repairs

The Port Authority Trans Hudson (Path) commuter train service between New York and New Jersey service will partially reopen today after repairs to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and his New Jersey counterpart Chris Christie announced the part reopening of the service between Newark Penn and Harrison stations in New Jersey and 33rd Street in Manhattan.

Cuomo warned the service between the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and Hoboken in New Jersey will remain suspended for several weeks. Engineers are still pumping water out of the Downtown Hudson River Tubes that connect the stations.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) also announced a partial reopening of the Brooklyn-Battery road tunnel between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for express buses during the rush hour. The tunnel remains closed the rest of the time while engineers carry out vital repairs.

Engineers pumped about 150Ml of flood water from the two tubes. MTA said salt water caused extensive corrosion damage to the electrical, lighting, communications, surveillance and ventilation systems.

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