Odd-Even Gas Rationing System Coming To New York City, Long Island

A girl holds jerry cans while waiting in line at a gas station on November 1, 2012 in Hazlet township, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York City and Long Island are following in New Jersey’s footsteps in instituting an odd-even gas rationing system.

In an effort to ease long lines associated with the the fuel crunch taking place in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a rationing system will go into effect on Friday.

Beginning at 6 a.m., those with license plates ending in an odd number will be able to buy gason odd numbered days.

Those with license plates ending in an even number will be able to buy gas on even numbered days.

“Last week’s storm hit the fuel network hard – and knocked out critical infrastructure needed to distribute gasoline,” said Bloomberg. “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.”


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