On Tuesday, January 26, all NJT services were finally operating with a semblance of normalcy, roughly 75 hours after systemwide services were suspended at the close of service Friday night, Jan. 22, in anticipation of the big blizzard that struck the area on Saturday, Jan. 23.  Most NJT services returned on Monday, but the Gladstone Branch rail service remained suspended until Tuesday morning.  Elsewhere in the New York area, the Long Island Rail Road also returned to full service on Tuesday; a number of branches of the LIRR were unable to operate on Monday, although the major LIRR lines did return to service. By Tuesday, the only major service in the area not yet operating was the PATH rapid transit system, which remained suspended between Jersey City and Newark; by noon Tuesday, PATH had announced plans for full sevice in the evening rush hour. NJ Transit had "led the way" in suspending service, announcing early that no trains or buses would run after the close of service on Friday night. Other railroads in the New York area tried to keep running but eventually shut down during the storm; underground services on the New York subways continued. On Sunday morning, NJ Governor Chris Christie told media that the state had weathered the storm "remarkably well," and said that bus and light rail service would return by noon Sunday, with the regular rail system also "shooting for" service at noon.  NJT's own website was silent on its plans until later in the morning, eventually announcing that rail service would start to return at noon, "beginning with the light rail" system.Trains did start to run on several lines, including Morris & Essex service between New York and Dover; the weekend service from Hoboken to Bay Street Montclair; on the Main/Bergen/Pascack lines; and on the Northeast Corridor to and from Trenton. But other lines lagged, and eventually NJT conceded that there would be no service Sunday on the Gladstone Branch, the Raritan Valley Line, or the North Jersey Coast Line. Finally, on Monday morning, all trains were said to be coming back, with the notable exception of the Gladstone Branch, where substitute bus service was to be offered; private bus operators along the Gladstone were to be cross-honoring NJT rail passes. On other suburban rail lines, Metro-North had the best service, with all lines returning to normal during the afternoon on Sunday.  Long Island Rail Road was able to restore many of its lines on Sunday, but no trains were running on several branches; as of Monday service on the Port Washington, Hempstead, West Hempstead, and Long Beach lines remained suspended, as was Montauk service east of Speonk; there was also no service to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Media reported a rocky start to LIRR service on Monday, and said that service started at 7 a.m. instead of 5 a.m., with many trains packed and riders worrying about the evening return ride.  By Monday morning, all NYC Transit subway lines appeared to be operating; a number of above-surface lines had been suspended on Sunday, as was the Staten Island Railway, which was also back on Monday, albeit with delays.