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Bus crowds thicken outside Brooklyn subway stations

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Massive crowds waited in long lines to board free buses outside several subway stations in Brooklyn on Thursday.

With no subway service from Brooklyn to Manhattan and no subway service below 34th Street, commuters relied on transfer buses  from Brooklyn that would bring them up Third Avenue as far as 57th Street and where the subways start running for people going further north.

Subway service remains limited with 14 of 23 lines running while buses are back on a full schedule.

The lines on Thursday wrapped around the Barlcays Center and back.

At the Jay Street subway station, hundreds of people stood five or six deep in line. When a bus did arrive, people would rush the doors. Some MTA workers began yelling at them.

Hurricane Sandy flooded subway stations leading to a suspension of most lines.

"Because of the flooding into our tunnels, the impact of lower Manhattan without electricity, that all impacted Brooklyn tremendously. It's obvious that the MTA will have to have a great increase in the amount of buses tomorrow morning and have to rethink getting people home,' Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told Good Day NY.

To ease back into the commute after a systemwide mass transit suspension earlier this week and continued limited service, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a transportation emergency in the state.

No fares would be charged Thursday and Friday on buses or subways.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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