Public transit and drivers return to New York for first phase of reopening


NEW YORK CITY – Train and bus service resumed daily service almost daily.The MTA was expecting between 200,000 and 400,000 passengers on the public transportation network. The railways are also increasing service.

New York City officials are monitoring traffic and Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans for 20 miles of new bus lanes starting this month. The city controls the location of bus lanes.

MTA had requested 60 more miles of bus lanes and priority transit lanes.

City teams will begin installing 16.5 miles of new bus lanes this summer on East 14th Street in Manhattan, 149th Street in the Bronx, and along Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island and Merrick Boulevard in Queens.

New buses will be tested this summer on Main Street, Queens; Jamaica Avenue, Queens; a section of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan; Jay Street, Brooklyn; and in October, 181st Street, Manhattan.

These will be temporary on a trial basis and will be evaluated for their effectiveness, said the mayor.

The 14th Street bus route between 3rd and 9th avenues of Manhattan will be permanent. With the exception of night hours, the bus lane is reserved for buses, deliveries and cars that pick up or drop off.

The system saw around 1.5 million runners daily this month. A typical pre-pandemic number would be more than 7 million people every day on trains and buses.

The metro’s night closure from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. will continue for disinfection and cleaning. Masks are mandatory and reminders on maintaining a safe space are posted around the system, including on the floor.

New York State distributes more than one million masks and 500,000 2 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer. Public transit officials say the masks are available at all station kiosks.


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