BROOKLYN - The MTA resumed limited subway service today after Tropical Storm Irene forced an unprecedented system shutdown.

Officials say they have fewer trains so there might still be some delays and overcrowding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo applauded the MTA's actions saying "suspending service allowed the MTA to secure equipment, thus expediting the return to service."

Officials say the city escaped much of a punishing blow from the storm. There were minimal signs of damage to the overall system and most subway tunnels did not flood.

The same could not be said for the Long Island Rail Road. Downed trees and debris on railroad tracks have impeded the LIRR's return to full service.