‘Feels Like NY Is Starting To Come Back’: MTA Sees Ridership Spike During Phase 1

Mack Rosenberg
June 11, 2020 - 4:12 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Bus and subway ridership is spiking during Phase 1 of New York City’s reopening even with the nightly shutdown of the subway system.

    New York City Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg tells WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg that she pleased to see riders taking the subway again.

    “It feels like New York is starting to come back,” she said.

    People are approaching this system with confidence as well, according to Feinberg. 

    She notes that the disinfecting of all subway cars, buses and stations is continuing overnight. It will continue until the pandemic is over.

    “It is not possible to be as effective and efficient at cleaning when you got a ton of people in this system,” she explains.

    MTA leaders on Thursday also traveled around New York City to thank station cleaners, car cleaners and other employees working to keep the transportation network safe and clean. 

    “Rigorously cleaning and disinfecting the biggest transit system in North America multiple times a day is no easy feat for our employees and today we honor them for all of the work they have done and continue to do,” said Feinberg. “We thank them every day and want them to know how much we appreciate their heroic work to keep New Yorkers safe.”

    More than 3,000 MTA workers have been dedicated to cleaning, disinfecting, and power washing stations, train cars, buses, and other equipment and locations since early March.

    Though, when asked about problems with social distancing and subway cars, she explained it’s a nationwide issue.

    “There are going to be many, many times when you can't get six feet, you might only be able to get three feet, you can't get two feet, you only have one foot. We've seen systems around the world struggle with this,” Feinberg explains.

    She says if you're vigilant about wearing a mask, you're in really good shape. 

    The MTA reports mask compliance is at 92% among riders.

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