Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the 4-5-6 subway lines are now operating through the Bronx and Manhattan, and the 4-5 lines will travel to Brooklyn -- allowing fans from the Bronx and Manhattan to take the 4 or 5 trains to Barclays Center.

The 4 and 5 are operating in Manhattan as express lines only, meaning they'll only stop in Manhattan at these locations:

  • 125th St
  • 86th St
  • 59th St
  • Grand Central Station
  • 14th St-Union Square
  • Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (the 6 line, which does not go to Barclays Center even at full capacity, ends here)
  • Fulton St
  • Wall St

Our transportation page has been updated with this information.

 

Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Subway

The Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center have announced their official transportation plan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy for Saturday night's opener against the Toronto Raptors. Here's everything you need to know about transportation, direct from the Barclays Center, including some additional notes:

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NBA Public Relations announced today that the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks will play Thursday, November 1st at 7 P.M., as originally scheduled. The game's viability was in doubt due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City. Many subway lines remain down across the city, and there's a good chance that many who expected to take the train to Atlantic Terminal will end up with severely limited options.

According to the MTA website, the buses will attempt to run on a full schedule as early as tomorrow and will be fare-free. For those looking to drive, there are roughly 600 parking spaces available on event nights at Barclays Center.

UPDATE:

The New York Times reports:

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he hoped the game would be played and that he planned to attend. But he noted, pointedly, “It’s going to be tough to get there.”...

A Barclays Center spokesman said the arena came through the storm without any serious damage. The only remaining concern, then, is getting fans to the building. The Nets have two more home games coming up, Saturday (against Toronto) and Monday (against Minnesota)....

The N.B.A. consulted with the Nets and the mayor’s office before making the final call, and Bloomberg’s public statement in favor of the game helped influence the decision. The announcement came late in the day because league officials were awaiting final confirmation from city officials.

Rescheduling the Knicks-Nets game would have been challenging, given national television and arena commitments...

The Nets are already coping with the storm’s aftermath. Their training center in East Rutherford, N.J., lost electricity and was cut off to traffic by flooding and debris, prompting the team to cancel practice Tuesday. The Nets will practice at Barclays Center on Wednesday, and possibly for several more days, depending on how long it takes to restore power at the training center.

Most of the Nets’ players live in New Jersey, which experienced massive flooding and power failures. Two Nets — Josh Childress and Mirza Teletovic — had their homes flooded in Weehawken, forcing them to make alternate living arrangements. Two others — Reggie Evans and C. J. Watson — were without electricity. Tyshawn Taylor’s apartment in Hoboken was surrounded by water.

Most of the team planned to spend Tuesday night in Brooklyn hotels, to simplify their commute to practice on Wednesday.The Knicks’ training center in Westchester County was unaffected by the storm, and the team practiced there late Tuesday afternoon. Most of their players live close to the facility. Marcus Camby was the only one who could not make it, because of fallen trees in his neighborhood.

 

The Brooklyn Nets open their season Thursday night against the New York Knicks, and since the Barclays Center opening have implored people to use public transportation to get to arena events. Eleven Trains. One Destination. But with a submerged subway system, it's hard to imagine the damage Lhota calls the worst in the MTA's 108-year history getting cleaned up in 48 hours. With just 600 parking spaces near the arena, that may make the event an impossibility.

The Nets have no official statement yet regarding Thursday's game.

New York City (and about 1,000 miles of surrounding land) was hit by Hurricane Sandy over the past two days. Reports of flooding, high winds, and lost power dominated the airwaves. According to the official statement from MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota, Sandy decimated NYC's transit lines:

As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery

Read more: Statement from MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota on Service Recovery