Gas rationing brings shorter lines in New York

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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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