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Travel ban for New York and Long Island lifted; Port Authority bridges and tunnels reopened

NEW YORK -- The travel ban on all non-emergency vehicles has been lifted for New York City and Long Island after the second largest snowstorm on record pummeled the tri-state area this weekend.

All Port Authority bridges and tunnels have reopened, along with the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Modified NYC transit and MTA bus service also resumed at 7 a.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday and implemented a travel ban on non-emergency vehicles starting at 2:30 p.m. The NYPD said anyone who were caught driving on the road would be arrested.Cuomo said he's unaware of any arrests.

New York City Sanitation Department worked throughout the night to plow the streets, urging everyone to stay off the roads to ease the cleanup.

However, because of unplowed sidewalks, many people were walking on the streets.

MTA road crews will be assessing roads and bus routes to try to restore limited bus service when the travel ban lifts.

Portions of the elevated subways in New York shut down at 4 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed until further notice. Underground subway operations will continue.

At least 18 people have died nationwide from the blizzard. Three of the deaths happened in New York City area. They were shoveling snow during the snowstorm, the NYPD confirmed.


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