New York’s subways will resume around the clock on May 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, almost a year after the day, after ordering a night stop to facilitate the cleanup of COVID-19.
“Today is a milestone for New York State and a time of transition,” Cuomo said, while announcing the impending end of “most” capacity constraints in the region.
“If you resume economic and social activity, you must also have transport. So we will coordinate the resumption of the 24-hour MTA service with the reopening. “
The move comes after months of pressure from lawyers and elected officials to resume subway hours, which ended last week with calls for reopening by Mayor Bill de Blasio and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). .
“The city that never sleeps has a name that we have to live with everywhere, including as part of our subway service,” Sumer said during a visit to Manhattan on Sunday.
Cuomo announced the policy on April 30, 2020 to clean trains and stations from homeless people and other homeless people, who he and MTA officials believe are needed for deep cleaning and disinfection in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MTA President Pat Foy said on February 10 that the closure from 1 to 5 a.m. would end “when the governor announces the pandemic is over.” Officials reduced the time to 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. five days later.
Scientists have concluded that the deadly virus spreads mainly in the air and not on the surface. However, the MTA continued its multimillion-dollar cleansing regime, arguing that even the slightest chance of contracting the virus could deter some riders.
Officials plan to continue efforts to clean up $ 300 million a year in the coming years, with Kuomo’s blessing.
“I can’t tell you how many New Yorkers tell me, ‘The trains are cleaner than they used to be.’ “I can’t tell you how many New Yorkers tell me, ‘There are fewer homeless people on the train now,'” the governor said Monday.
“I told MTA, for my two cents – 24-hour service, yes, but the trains must stay clean. And we need to help the homeless. And we can’t go back in terms of service quality. “