November 8th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Temporary gasoline rationing ordered for New York City, Long Island

New York City and Long Island officials have ordered a temporary gasoline-rationing system - starting Friday morning - in which people there can buy fuel only on certain days, depending on their license-plate numbers.

The moves, designed to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations in the area, come more than a week after Superstorm Sandy damaged petroleum infrastructure in the region and made it difficult for people to get fuel for their vehicles, especially because many gas stations were without power for days.

Under the temporary system, people with odd-numbered license plates can buy fuel only on odd-numbered days, and people with even-numbered vehicles can buy fuel only on even-numbered days, according to officials in New York City and Long Island's Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Vehicles with licenses plates ending in a letter or other character can buy fuel on odd-numbered days. Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, medical doctor plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are exempt, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said.

"Last week’s storm hit the fuel network hard - and knocked out critical infrastructure needed to distribute gasoline,” Bloomberg said in a news release. “Even as the region’s petroleum infrastructure slowly returns to normal, the gasoline supply remains a real problem for thousands of New York drivers. Earlier today, I signed an emergency order to alternate the days that drivers can purchase gas, which is the best way to cut down the lines and help customers buy gas faster.”

New Jersey instituted a similar system last weekend in 12 counties.

The New York/Long Island system - starting at 6 a.m. Friday in New York City, and 5 a.m. on portions of Long Island outside the city - comes as the Northeast is dealing with a nor'easter that is dumping snow and downing more power lines a week after Sandy.

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  1. Alan

    I think we should start Odd-Even protesting in front of Gracie Mansion. So on the Odd Gas filling days the Even will be protesting, and on the even Gas filling days the Odd will be protesting........ Let's see then how long it will take to get Gas in NYC. ....................

    November 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Great idea Alan.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris


      November 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Bet Bloomberg's plates are odd and even.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      why not protest the Wh where has our fearless leader been (crying) If u want to blame someone blame the Obama admin for its lack of caring and getting the resources into NYC/NJ. This has nothing to do with the Govs of states affected this was declared a federal emergency not just state so it is upon the Feds not local govt...Remember Katrina when it was Bush fault so why does Obama get a free ride on this?

      November 12, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rafal

    Yay... =/

    November 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marianne

    I agree! Bloomberg is a dick!! None of these issues affect him so he could care less about everyone else...Greedy little Dictator

    November 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      and so is obama he is the biggest worthless D in the world. where has he been on all this?

      November 12, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. chris

    socialist pig

    November 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chris

    Why don't you fix the problem so you dont have to ration gas!

    btw, i'm from CT and driving a pickup truck full of gas there for people tomorrow.....No Charge, on me.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sagebrush Shorty

    The election is over. You're not important anymore. But fear not, Big Brother Bloomberg will take care of you.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    How hard is it to get a 10 wheeler w/trailer full of gas there? These government workers are worthless.......worthless!

    November 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      Getting the gas here is not the problem. Getting power to all the gas stations that have lost it is the problem. If there is no electricity, you can't pump gas.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Hey TREY they can pump the gas right out of the truck w/out electricity have you ever heard of hand pumps

      November 12, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. BrooklynGasLess

    They keep trying to frame this as a problem created by people 'hoarding gas'. That isn't the case at all. 75% of gas stations are closed right now in Brooklyn (actual number), cut the supply of gas by 75% and you don't need hoarders to have a bad situation. I am on empty – not hoarding, I just need gas! There is one station open in my vicinity, waits were estimated at 3+ hours today. All stations have power now, they can pump if they will just get deliveries. It's really hard to believe that this is such a crisis.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nikosan

    I am Sorry for all your troubles over there. We on the west coast are one big earthquake away from experiencing the same fate.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lardeau

    This is now like a military campaign. It can be done but it has to be organized by something at least like the Army. Looking after all the citizens who are affected one way or another should be the FIRST PRIORITY RIGHT NOW for the Pres.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeptimist

      Lardeau, you wrote "This is now like a military campaign." It certainly should be – but spending $2billion per week chasing hillbillies in Afghanistan apparently doesn't leave sufficient resources to defend Americans at home. Speeches and Red Cross tents don't cut it. I want to see massive deployment of military logistics teams, combat engineers, Navy Seabees, etc. taking charge, clearing roads, running supplies and restoring power. To hell with foreign wars – defense of America starts at our beaches!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      First, FEMA was on the ground before the storm hit. The President made use of various Defense Dep't capabilities to facilitate getting power restored, supplies in, etc. The federal government is working with the state governments and the local utilities.
      Things are improving. The No'Easter didn't help much but we are digging out. Will everybody have some patience, let people do their jobs and realize it will take some time. Yeah, I got as little frustrated when it took 8 days to get my power back but I also saw that others were getting their power and damage was being cleared out, so I let everyone do their job.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      So try..... why did FEMA pull out before the snowstorm..and why wont LIPA let in any other electrical workers that are non-uinion. I work for NYS and i have been hearing all the complaints from u people down in the city so dont come on here and say FEMA was there before the storm...Heck FEMA hasnt even paid up the upstate people from Issac oh thats right u dont remember Issac cause it didnt affect the city...there are people still upstate waiting for FEMA to come thru but nothing yet

      November 12, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Trey

    This really isn't gas "rationing". It's simply easing the lines at the pumps. Rationing is allotting a driver a certain number of gallons.
    After the second day of the Odd/Even system in NJ, my area had no long lines.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. petroskies

    we go back to the old depression times, this new governments never can repeat the nice words: G-od bless america, when the politics openly refuse fallow from our G-odwe want to know what kind of christian or jews are these politics and all the people vote for them , don't matter the race they are, or what kind of jews they are when the support that pervert from the rainbow party, leviticus: 18: 22 and leviticus 20: 13 And is a man lie with mankind , as womankind , both of them have committed abominations : they shall surely be put to dead, their blood shall be upon them. no excuses for jews or christian in general, this politics and the the people vote for them, sale their soul to the devil for some benefits is anathema to both of these politics and supported of them said G-od bless america, or G-od bless the actual democracy of israel

    November 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. East Ender

    Why can't someone get a generator hooked up to run the pump at a gas station?

    In my neck of the Island, we have electric, but no gas.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    The gas shortage isnt just in NYC, its in a large portion of NY. In areas that have power, so what is the real problem?

    November 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |