New York Times

N.Y.C.’s subway will resume 24-hour service on May 17.

New York City’s subway will return to 24-hour service on May 17 more than a year after closing overnight during the pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday.

The restoration of subway hours are the latest sign of New York’s recovery as more people have gotten vaccinated and city life has slowly begun to pick up. On Monday, some city government workers also began retuning to their offices.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subway system, initially shut down subway service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on May 6 last year as subway ridership plummeted in part as commuters avoided public transit and worked from home. M.T.A. crews were dispatched to deep clean and disinfect the subways during the closings.

But as recently as February, the M.T.A shortened the overnight subway closings to 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. and signaled that they soon planned to resume 24-hour service. M.T.A. officials said Monday that they planned to continue deep cleaning and disinfecting during subway operating hours. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what scientists have been saying for months: The risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low.

Subway ridership has started to rebound in recent months to more than 2 million daily trips last month, though that number is still less than half of the peak subway ridership before the pandemic.

Mr. Cuomo announced the return of subways hours as part of the state’s broader efforts to increase economic activities, including lifting pandemic restrictions on restaurants and bars.


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