Another thing that once seemed unimaginable in New York is actually happening, the subway will no longer be running 24/7.
Governor Cuomo announced in a press conference today that the subway will be shutting down between the hours of 1am and 5am every day to allow for the cleaning of trains and platforms. This comes after a recent disagreement between the mayor and the governor about what to do regarding the current state of the city’s transit system.
Trains on Metro-North and LIRR will also be disinfected overnight, but it won't affect service.
It is our obligation to do everything we can to keep our essential workers safe.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 30, 2020
The MTA stepped up to clean trains and buses every 72 hours (a massive undertaking).
Now, we must clean and disinfect every 24 hours.
This is unprecedented, but we must do it.
Cuomo said that other forms of transportation will be made available to the city’s essential workers during those hours and would include buses and vans. The networks of busses and ride-sharing vehicles will be offered free to essential workers.
The overnight shutdown will go into effect on Wednesday, May 6, and will last for the duration of the current crisis.
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