The MTA must resume 24/7 operations after nearly a year of nightly shutdowns attributed to COVID-19, Sen. Chuck Schumer said on Sunday.
“The City That Never Sleeps has a name that we have to live up to everywhere, including within our subway service,” the Senate Majority Leader said during an appearance outside the Lexington Av./53rd Street station in Manhattan.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced nightly 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. shutdowns last May, claiming officials had to clear out homeless people and other riders in order to properly disinfect trains amid the pandemic.
Transit officials shortened the closure to 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in February, amid an emerging scientific consensus that COVID-19 mostly does not spread through surfaces. MTA Chairman Pat Foye had previously said the closures would end “when the governor declares the pandemic over.”
Speaking in Manhattan, Schumer said the shutdown defies logic as bars and restaurants stay open later into the night, and Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks to reopen the city by July 1. He said growing ridership pointed to the need for extended service hours.
“News flash: this is New York City. People work at 2 a.m., 3 am., 4 a.m. That’s how we are,” Schumer told reporters.
“People work at 2, 3 and 4 in the morning, but subways aren’t at this point at 2, 3, 4 in the morning.”
Schumer is the latest high-ranking official to call on the Cuomo-controlled MTA to resume late-night service, adding his voice to comments by the mayor last week,
The Senate majority leader helped secured $15 billion in federal aid for the MTA, which nearly went bankrupt due to the pandemic’s dramatic hit on ridership and tax revenues.
Riders Alliance director Betsy Plum, who appeared alongside Schumer, said the nightly closures had forced former transit riders to take cars to get to work.
“We need 24 hour service restored now and we are calling on the governor to do that immediately,” Plum said.
“This is so that workers who are keeping our city running don’t have to pay $40, $50, $60 for cabs. This is so that workers don’t have to string together a five-bus commute.”
- Young man caught for allegedly stealing a generator and a mattress in Delta stateIn Viral NewsMay 9, 2021A young man has been apprehended for allegedly stealing a generator and a mattress in Delta state. According to a report, the incident occurred in ...[Read more]
- Olakunle Churchill, Welcomes Actress Rosy Meurer With A Bouquet of Flowers, As She Returns To Nigeria With King Churchill Jnr [VIDEO]In Nigeria NewsMay 9, 2021ADVERTISEMENT Olakunle Churchill, the estranged husband of popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, treated his wife, Rosy Meurer to a resounded ...[Read more]
- Monarch released by kidnappers after N700, 000 ransom, accuses subjects of abandonmentIn Local News, NewsMay 9, 2021A traditional ruler in Esuk Atu village in Calabar Municipal Council of Cross River State, Etubom Nto Okon Etim has regained his freedom from his ...[Read more]
- Man Happily Tattoo Mercy Eke’s Face On His Arms – VideoIn Nigeria NewsMay 9, 2021ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A full-grown jobless man has tattooed the face of BBNaija star Mercy Eke on his arms despite all the brouhaha going on ...[Read more]
- Kaduna mob kill man for stabbing resident to deathIn Local NewsMay 9, 2021Bandits on a revenge mission yesterday afternoon reportedly killed 11 villagers and injured others when they attacked Tsatskiya community in Safana ...[Read more]
- “I love you scatter” – Banky W celebrates his wife, Adesua Etomi on mothers’ dayIn Celebrity NewsMay 9, 2021Sensational singer and actor, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W has celebrated his wife, Adesua Etomi in the most adorable way on ...[Read more]
- Many Women Want To Have Kids For Me, That’s Why I Don’t Cheat – Mr IbuIn Nigeria NewsMay 9, 2021ADVERTISEMENT Veteran Nigerian actor, Mr. Ibu legally known as John Okafor has opened up on why he made a decision never to cheat on his wife. ...[Read more]
- Two more anti-Asian bias incidents reported in Brooklyn, QueensIn USAMay 9, 2021Enlarge Image Ida Chen, a physician assistant student, unfold a banner she carry at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in ...[Read more]
- Eric Adams says he’s concerned about wealthy New Yorkers fleeing cityIn USAMay 9, 2021Mayoral hopeful Eric Adams is concerned about wealthy New Yorkers fleeing the city — and says a safer, cleaner city would help keep them here. “I ...[Read more]
- “His teacher described him as a kind boy” – Linda Ikeji opens up on why she does not spank her sonIn Celebrity NewsMay 9, 2021Billionaire blogger, Linda Ikeji has opened up on the fact that she doesn’t spank her son, Jayce, yet he’s growing up to be a kind boy. The mother of ...[Read more]