MTA Gears Up For Night 2 Of Subway Shutdown

Mack Rosenberg
May 06, 2020 - 8:21 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA spent Wednesday gearing up for night two of the daily subway shutdown.

On the whole, WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reports, MTA officials think Tuesday night into Wednesday went well. 

MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye told WCBS 880 that bus riderships skyrocketed by 76% compared to normal overnight numbers. But, NYC Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg said the shutdown process is far from perfect. 

She said not every subway station was shut down, and it may be impossible to lock every station.

“We are only going to lock stations where we are absolutely convinced that locking them is the safest thing to do and that there is no risk whatsoever that we could potentially be locking someone in that needs to get out,” she said.

More than 2,000 people were taken out of the subway system.

Over 250 were homeless and just over 130 of them accepted services at a shelter. 

Feinberg says all passengers must exit the subway system at 1 a.m., but some trains are still running overnight. 

“We are moving transit employees to different locations, removing people like maintenance workers around,” she explains. “We're moving cleaners to different stations and we're also moving trains to where cleaners are.”

Feinberg is hoping Wednesday night into Thursday morning goes smoothly as well.

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