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Digest: New York City to resume 24-hour subway service

By | May 4, 2021

News Wire rail transit digest for May 4: LIRR conductor charged in ticket scheme; survey finds support for BART-Caltrain merger

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Subway train arriving in station
Subway train arriving in station
A New York subway train arrives at the 42nd Street station in 2019. NYC Transit has announced plans to resume 24-hour service. (Trains: David Lassen)

New York subways to resume 24-hour service, more than a year after beginning nightly shutdowns

New York City Transit will resume 24-hour subway service on May 17, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday, reflecting increase subway use as the COVID-19 situation improves. The resumption will come at the same time the governor lifts the state’s 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew, and a little more than a month after single-day travel on the subway surpassed 2 million trips for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The subway ended 24-hour service for the first time on May 6, 2020, closing from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. nightly to allow for disinfecting of stations and equipment [see “New York subways to end 24-hour service …,” Trains News Wire, April 30, 2020]. On Feb. 22 of this year, the closure was cut to two hours nightly, from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. “Our rigorous disinfecting protocols remain in place, and we expect to see continued high mask usage thanks to the systemwide mask mandate,” MTA CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a press release.

Long Island Rail Road conductor charged for allegedly pocketing tickets

A Long Island Rail Road conductor has been arrested for a fraud scheme in which he allegedly collected tickets and pocketed them without punching them, then gave them to friends who used them to ride or cash them in for refunds. The New York Daily News reports Robert Anderson, 61, was arrested for the actions which allegedly went on from April 2019 to September 2020. He was charged Monday with four felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing, eight misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and eight misdemeanor counts of official misconduct. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison. The conductor has been suspended without pay.

Survey finds strong support for BART-Caltrain merger

Support for a merger of Bay Area Rapid Transit and commuter rail operation Caltrain has received strong support in a survey by the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-area policy and business advocacy group. The San Francisco Examiner reports the survey 1,000 registered voters in nine Bay Area counties found 83% percent of those responding in favor of the idea. “The Bay Area transportation system has long suffered from balkanization that has created inefficiencies and not always put riders first,” Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the council, said in a statement. “Whether or not merging Caltrain and BART is ultimately the right thing to do, these results send a loud message that we need to do a much better job of connecting and coordinating our many transit systems.” Caltrain has indicated in interest in discussing a merger, while BART indicated last month it had not yet explored the idea [see “Digest: Caltrain board will consider merger …,” Trains News Wire, April 14, 2021].

3 thoughts on “Digest: New York City to resume 24-hour subway service

  1. There is strong citizen opposition to such a merger, despite a cherry-picked selection of survey participants. while CalTrain has a record of solid management and financial management, BART suffers from problems in both areas The Bay Area Council is only one of major area groups. Joint Venture Silicon Valley has yet to weigh in. why not ask them?

  2. A merger of a non-standard rail system – BART – that is inoperable with any other rail system in the world, should be a non-starter from the beginning. Or maybe convert BART to standard rail at a horrendous cost. BART is a good system for what it is, but it is no longer a technology leader. Current systems offer equal capability at lower cost to the public.

    1. @Roy Mize
      The proposal doesn’t go far enough…merge all the Bay Area transit districts into one regional district. Doesn’t matter whether or not the services are different, just look at New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. or any other large city with multiple modes of transit, the purpose is to streamline costs, rates, transfers between modes and interconnectivity.

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