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New Yorkers are now able once again to ride the subway at any time of the day.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 10:34 AM

Updated 1,133 days ago

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New Yorkers are now able once again to ride the subway at any time of the day.
The New York City subway system is back operating 24 hours a day.
Trains were forced to close for parts of the evening in May of 2020 during the height of the pandemic.
City and transit officials had to ensure subway stations were clean. Hundreds of employees used UV lights and anti-microbial sprays to ensure safety.
The MTA says it has adjusted its cleaning operations. Stations will be disinfected twice a day, and subway cars will be cleaned at least once a day.
They say the focus will be cleaning at the end of the terminals before other riders get into the train.
Some of those traveling on the subway Monday tell News 12 they are optimistic about the changes, while others say they are nervous to go back to crowded trains.
In order to combat crime on the subway, MTA officials say they want 600 to 800 officers on the subway.
They say they are working with police to dispatch more officers into the system and provide mental health services.


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