Overnight Subway Service Returning in New York City

A big piece of the process of reopening New York City for business is scheduled for May 17, but numerous challenges remain in getting the city that never sleeps back on track.

May 4, 2021, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


New York City Subway

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New York City will return to 24-hour subway service on May 17, report Winnie Hu, Daniel E. Slotnik, and Luis Ferré-Sadurní. The restoration of around-the-clock service is one of a series of reopenings announced for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut this week.

"Restaurants, offices, retail stores, theaters, museums, barber shops, amusement parks and gyms and fitness centers will all be allowed to operate at full capacity for the first time since restrictions were adopted last year to prevent the spread of the virus," according to the article."

The announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accelerates the plans of political rival and mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, who had recently announced a reopening goal of July 1 for the city.

"Businesses in New York will still have to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines, which require a minimum of six feet of space between individuals," according to the article, noting that it might still not make sense for some businesses to reopen.

A separate article by Clayton Guse focuses more specifically on the subway reopening. Guse reports that while announcing the subway reopening, the governor touted the improvements made to the subway system during the months with limited service. "Subway trains have never been cleaner than they are now," said Cuomo.

Guse notes that one significant challenge still complicating the reopening of overnight subway service is a worker shortage at the MTA. "The agency has quietly cut more than 4,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic, leaving too few crews to run full bus and subway schedules," according to Guse.

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