The New York City subway system will extend its late-night hours of service almost 10 months after an overnight shutdown was introduced because of the new coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Beginning Feb. 22, stations will only be closed to passengers between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The subway had normally provided service 24 hours a day before the pandemic.
The state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway, launched a systemwide shutdown of service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. last May. Trains continued to run, but the system was closed to passengers so that cars and stations could be deep cleaned and disinfected.
The shutdown was opposed by transit advocates and some elected officials, who said overnight service was crucial for many New Yorkers, including essential workers. The MTA, which also runs bus service in New York City, implemented alternative overnight bus service in place of subways.
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said Monday that increased subway service is needed as the state relaxes some coronavirus restrictions.
Source: WSJ – US News