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New York subways to end 24-hour service to allow for daily disinfecting

By | April 30, 2020

MTA to use for-hire vehicles to provide rides for essential workers between 1-5 a.m., beginning May 6

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New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will end 24-hour subway service — a notion which previously would have been almost unthinkable for New York City’s around-the-clock activity — to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call to disinfect all equipment daily as part of the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Cuomo announced during his daily coronavirus briefing that, beginning May 6, the MTA will shut down subway service between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. so equipment and stations can be disinfected, with police clearing stations and ensuring no one enters during that period. During that four-hour period, amNY reports, the MTA will offer an “Essential Connector” program using for-hire vehicles to offer free transportation for essential workers. Each customer will be limited to two trips per overnight, and must show proof of essential travel with their credentials to receive the free trip.

“This is as ambitious as anything we’ve ever undertaken and it’s going to require a lot of extraordinary service and effort from multiple agencies all working together,” Cuomo said at the briefing. “The MTA has stepped up by recommending this plan.”

The MTA had been rotating all its equipment through the disinfecting process every 72 hours, but Cuomo called for daily disinfecting to begin before May 15, when New York state starts reopening from its current stay-at-home order

Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road operations will not change, although the commuter railroads’ equipment will also be disinfected daily.

6 thoughts on “New York subways to end 24-hour service to allow for daily disinfecting

  1. New York can’t be turned into a sterile bubble. Disinfecting NYCTA property and rolling stock once a day is impossible and won’t make the least tiny bit of difference. I’m all for clean, but disinfection is impossible. Even if it were possible, once a day makes no difference with people coming and going all day.If you are expecting to live in a sterile bubble, fine, but a city can’t be turned into one.

  2. Charles, that is not true. It could very well be turned into a sterile location. But no one could live or work there.

  3. This is not the first subway system to do this.The MBTA did the samething when we were living in Boston

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