Subways in New York Metropolis will quickly resume operating longer into the night time, transit officers introduced on Monday, marking a step towards the resumption of regular life amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning subsequent Monday, the subway system will solely cease working from 2 a.m. to four a.m., as an alternative of the present closure of 1 a.m. to five a.m., stated Patrick J. Foye, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees transit round New York Metropolis.
Mr. Foye described the transfer as a phased reopening, though he didn’t give a date for when officers will totally finish the primary closure of in a single day scheduled service in historical past.
The in a single day closure started final Might, when the pandemic ripped by way of New York and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mandated that town’s famously 24-hour subway system be shut down in a single day for disinfection. Mr. Cuomo — who controls the New York transit company — has stated that the subway would resume 24-hour operations when the pandemic was over. The governor has been closely criticized for the shutdown, which transit advocates say hurts hundreds of important staff who’ve been compelled to search out alternative routes to journey.
For many years, town’s sprawling subway system has provided a shelter of final resort for hundreds of homeless New Yorkers. Significantly through the winter months, many who’re cautious of town’s usually crowded and generally violent shelters descend into the system from the parks and streets above, in search of sanctuary in its round the clock trains.
Now, homeless individuals dwelling on the streets are confronting a harmful mixture of winter climate and an absence of indoor public areas — like subway stations, trains and fast-food eating places — that after provided a respite every night time.