Bloomberg implements New Jersey-style gas rationing

Bloomberg on Thursday. (via NYC.gov)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that, starting tomorrow, gas in New York City will be rationed, much in the way it has been in New Jersey since the hurricane.

Bloomberg said the idea is to lessen the impact of the ongoing gas shortage, which he expects to last "for possibly another couple weeks."

Starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow, November 9 (an odd-numbered day), license plates that end in odd numbers, or in letters or other characters, will be able to buy gas or diesel only on odd-numbered days.

Those with plates ending in even numbers will be able to buy gas only on even-numbered days.

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"It has worked well in New Jersey," noted the mayor.

Thanks to the ongoing gas shortage, only 25 percent of city gas stations are now open, and lines for gas have stretched for blocks.

In New Jersey, gas rationing caused wait times to decrease from an average of two hours to 45 minutes, according to Bloomberg.