The NYC subway system is one of the largest in the world. There are over 470 stations located around the five boroughs. For $2.75, it’s pretty amazing how far you can travel.
Another nice things about the NYC subway is that it runs for 24 hours per day or at least it did until now…
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the MTA will soon cease overnight subway service, an unprecedented disruption that will allow crews to disinfect trains more frequently to help slow the spread of coronavirus, according to Gothamist.
The announcement was made yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a joint press conference. The subway will shut down from 1am-5am everyday.
This disruption in service begins on Wednesday, May 6.
With huge drops in ridership throughout the day, Gothamist mentions that only 10,000 people were riding the subway during the overnight hours. The MTA plans to use a mix of buses, for-hire vehicles and dollar vans to give essential workers rides.
I agree with the halt in overnight service to disinfect the trains and stations but I hope this doesn’t become a major issue for essential workers. Subways run at decreased service overnight and there can be delays but will the MTA’s alternative options run consistently? Who knows…
Find out more from Gothamist here.