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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