(NYTIMES) — Gasoline rationing lasted eight days on Long Island, where it was lifted at midnight on Friday by Nassau and Suffolk County officials.
It lasted slightly longer in New Jersey, the state that put the words “gas rationing” back into everyday use after decades and was the first to jettison it after 10 days.
But in New York City, rationing that was scheduled to end on Monday has been extended through Friday, even as the gas station lines that prompted it have all but disappeared.
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In announcing the decision, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg noted the major travel week ahead at a time when 30 percent of gas stations remained closed.