The subway may not be quite ready to return to its former 24-hour glory, but it’s about to come a lot closer.
Starting next Monday, the system’s overnight shutdown hours will be cut in half—from four hours every night to just two. On February 22, the hours will be 2am to 4am going forward rather than the current 1am to 5am.
Governor Cuomo announced the change in a press conference yesterday, saying: "The COVID numbers are down, so we adjust, we adjusted indoor dining, the curfew, today we are going to discuss the MTA and increasing the capacity.”
The change from the current shutdown hours, which have been in place for about 10 months, comes as more of the city’s economy continues to reopen, with indoor dining having returned to the city last weekend and weddings of up to 150 people planned to be allowed next month.
At the same time, NYC continues to ramp up its vaccination efforts, expanding the pool of those eligible to receive a vaccine to roughly 4 million. (And turning some pretty iconic NYC landmarks into vaccination sites, including Yankee Stadium.)
Even if you’ll be riding the subway later at night as you’re out in the city, don’t forget that you’ll still want to wear a mask. And if you need a little extra motivation, turns out the air down there is about as polluted as you thought.
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