Coronavirus updates: to allow reopening, 24-hour metro service will resume on Monday


This is our daily update for the latest COVID-19 news from Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up to date statistics are here.

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Here’s the latest:

To accommodate the reopening, the 24-hour metro service will resume on Monday

The sprawling New York subway system will return to 24-hour service on Monday when manufacturing, construction and some retail businesses are expected to reopen as part of the first phase of the state plan.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s announcement on Tuesday responded to one of the imminent questions regarding the reopening of the city. Since May 6, the city’s metros have been closed between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to allow overnight cleaning of trains. But with nearly 400,000 New Yorkers expected to return to work soon, commuters have received little indication of what to expect from public transportation.

Last Friday, MTA president Patrick Foye criticized a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that people take cars. “Encouraging people, especially those without cars and in congested areas like New York, not to take public transportation is ill-advised,” he wrote, saying that “public transportation is and has long been the safest way to get around any city. “

But the problem was that the MTA had not yet informed the public about how the metros, in which passengers are often squeezed like sardines, would be safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the MTA announced a pilot program to install hand sanitizer dispensers, although some at a Brooklyn station were not working (see update below). In a letter to city officials on Tuesday, Foye described additional measures such as the distribution of masks, the application of floor markings and decals to assist in social distancing at stations and the deployment of controllers platform, MTA police and additional staff to help prevent congestion.

Foye also said he recommended that employers operate on a staggered work schedule and also allow employees to continue working remotely.

In the end, none of the elements of the MTA’s plan were surprising. Foye suggested that the burden of proof was primarily on the commuters.

“The reality of our system, however, is that we currently move about 1.5 million people a day,” wrote Foye. “Wearing a mask and respecting public health recommendations, in particular frequent hand washing or the use of an alcohol-based disinfectant, remain the most important steps to minimize the risk to public health of the virus. “

Less than a week before reopening, MTA installs disinfectants in four stations

A hand sanitizer pump inside a metro station.

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Courtesy of NYC Transit

As New York seeks to reopen Monday, the MTA is installing hand sanitizer dispensers as part of a pilot program to combat the spread of coronavirus. The distributors have already been installed in four stations. In a tweet Monday, New York Transit officials said the agency “was testing different types so that we could find a solution that we could provide to the whole system.”

Transit advocates have criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and MTA for failing to reveal a concrete plan for commuters. 400,000 people are expected to return to work during the first phase of the reopening, which applies to manufacturing, construction, wholesalers and retail with curbside service. So far, the MTA has announced that it will distribute masks to passengers who don’t have them. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the agency is also considering possible breathtaking train service and that employees will direct commuters to the docks to avoid overcrowding.

Last Friday, an MTA spokesperson told Gothamist, “We have been planning for weeks, and we will release more details soon.”

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discouraged people from taking public transportation, a directive that the MTA strongly rejected last week.

To date, MTA has deployed hand sanitizer dispensers at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens, Third Avenue-149th Street station in the Bronx and Delancey Street-Essex Street station in Lower Manhattan.

To minimize hand contact, the large, lean yellow dispensers are operated on foot. But some have noted that a foot operated dispenser may not work for people with reduced mobility.

Monday, several distributors would not operate at the Barclays Center station.

Reached for feedback, the MTA did not say it was disinfectant or just defective, but noted that it is just one of many products it will pilot in the coming weeks. .

“The reality is that this pilot has achieved his goal by highlighting certain areas that need to be addressed in terms of equipment functionality and we are working on it in order to have fully functional units available before the reopening of New York . City on June 8, “an MTA spokesperson told the New York Post.

Stephen Nessen report


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