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NYC Subways Will Shut Down Nightly for COVID-19 Disinfection

New York City’s 24-hour mass transit system will shut down nightly between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to be disinfected for the duration of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. Along with the subways and buses, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will apply the cleaning protocols to Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road commuter trains, for which ridership has been down 90% recently.

“To say ‘disinfect every train every 24 hours’ is just a task that nobody has ever imagined before,” Cuomo said Thursday. It’s a task that was mandated by the need to keep essential workers safe from COVID-19 infection as they travel to and from their jobs,” he added.

The MTA will also provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the nightly cleaning hours. These will include buses, dollar vans and for-hire vehicles as necessary.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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