Jitney service resumed this afternoon in Atlantic City after being suspended during most of the time since the resort was evacuated for Hurricane Sandy.

The 15-passenger buses will run their regular routes, but fewer will be on the road and won’t operate from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to comply with the curfew in place since Tuesday, Atlantic City Jitney Association President Tom Woodruff said.

A few jitneys provided rides during the days after the storm to people who’d stayed behind and wanted to check on relatives’ houses and buy food and water, Woodruff said.

That service was intermittent, however, due to restricted access from the mainland, the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew within the city and concerns about people driving while many traffic lights are out.

Resuming runs – even on a limited basis – is part of the overall plan for returning people to Atlantic City, which has been evacuated since 4 p.m. Sunday.

Local officials expect to announce more details on reopening the resort later today.