The City That Never Sleeps Will be Put to Sleep at 1 Each Morning
New York - The symbol of New York City’s moniker as the city that never sleeps is its subway system. Twenty-four hours a day, trains rumble along the tracks, carrying passengers during rush hour and the wee hours alike.
No more. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the MTA will be closed for service from 1:00 a.m. unlike 5:00 a.m. each morning. Transit workers will use the time to disinfect the entire system, including trains and stations.
The closures begin next week Wednesday and include the entire New York City Transit system, Metro North and Long Island Railroad. The MTA will provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during these hours, such as buses, dollar vans and for-hire vehicles as necessary.
“Just think about it,” Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus press conference. “The entire public transportation system in downstate New York will be disinfected every 24 hours. ... This is as ambitious as anything that we've ever undertaken.”
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