A crowd gather at a service station with portable containers, waiting for gas pumps to open, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that resolving gas shortages could take days. Police presence was increased at gas lines after arrests at gas stations over line jumping. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials on Long Island have decided to start rationing gasoline.
Gasoline will be available to drivers with license plate numbers ending in an odd number starting Friday morning.
Drivers with plate numbers ending in an even number can gas up on Saturday.
Bloomberg said Thursday that only 25 percent of the city's gas stations are open. He estimated the tight gas supplies could last another couple of weeks.