NYC starts historic overnight subway shutdowns for virus-linked disinfecting

NYC starts historic overnight subway shutdowns for virus-linked disinfecting
Disinfecting NYC subway (Image: CBS screen grab)

[Ed. – Plenty of firsts brought on by the pandemic.]

New York City’s subway system — the nation’s largest — went silent in the early morning hours Wednesday as the normally round-the-clock system shut down for train disinfecting.

Service was curtailed in late March, but is now being stopped entirely from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

It’s the first time in 115 years service hasn’t been 24/7 except in times of emergency, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no way to know when service will return to normal, notes CBS New York.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was embarking on a historic and multi-pronged effort to make the subways a safer way to get around the city during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Fewer trains would be running in the overnight hours anyway, but the shutdown allows for daily cleanings and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible in subway cars. …

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