This week, ProgressiveRailroading.com has been posting updates on the efforts by the Northeast Coast passenger-rail and transit systems to get back up and running in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. If the rest of the country didn't know it before, it should be clear to everyone by now: The Northeast Coast relies on passenger rail and other forms of public transportation to keep life moving.

The transit-recovery outlook brightened a bit on Wednesday, when MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad began limited service and New Jersey Transit was able to restore some River Line light-rail service. And today, the situation brightened a tad more when MTA New York City Transit restored limited subway service on about half of its lines.

Still, it will be quite some time before public transportation services in New Jersey and New York City will be fully restored. In the meantime, residents of the affected areas will have to figure out alternative ways to get to where they need to go. I'm wondering, how will they manage?

Do you live or work in the New York City or New Jersey areas? If so, please consider sharing with us your local transportation experiences during the past few days.