NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The subway will only be closed for two hours each night starting on Monday, the MTA said.
The subway has been closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. since May 6 for COVID-related deep-cleaning and disinfecting at all 472 stations and on thousands of trains.
But riders will get two hours back starting Monday morning. The subway will now only be closed between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. for cleaning.
New York’s famous 24/7 subway service ground to a halt last spring amid the pandemic. The MTA said it is expanding service as the state continues its reopening amid improving coronavirus numbers.
In a statement, the MTA said, “This partial reopening supports the city’s ongoing reopening of commerce and reflects positive trends including increasing vaccinations, drops in the COVID infection and hospitalization rates, the resumption of indoor dining, extended hours for bars and restaurants, and the reopening of arenas and stadiums.”
A survey by Hofstra University that was published last month found three out of four riders felt safer riding the subway as a result of the cleaning.
“The continued partial suspension will allow for the most aggressive disinfection regimen in MTA history, as recommended by federal and international public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization,” MTA Chairman Pat Foye said.