“The city that never sleeps has a name we have to live up to everywhere, including within our subway service,” Schumer, the Senate majority chief, instructed a briefing within the metropolis.
As regular life resumes for a lot of within the metropolis, the subway ought to be out there always, the Democrat stated.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 30, 2020, ordered the subway system to close down every day for 4 hours beginning at 1 a.m.
The transfer got here due to deteriorating circumstances, deaths from COVID-19 amongst transit employees, and a plunging subway ridership.
But the variety of riders has shot up in current months, hovering round 2 million per day within the final two weeks, in line with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). That’s down over 50 p.c from an equal day pre-pandemic, however a lot larger than the sparse numbers seen final yr.
“This is New York City. People work at 2 a.m. 3 a.m. 4 a.m. That’s how we are. So people work at two, three, and four in the morning but subways aren’t working at this point at 2, 3, 4 in the morning. So today, joined by New Yorkers who are among the millions that use the subway, we are here to say open it up,” Schumer stated.
“We need 24-hour service restored now and we are calling on the governor to do that immediately,” added Betsy Plum, government director of the Riders Alliance.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week he plans to completely reopen town by July 1 and that 24-hour subway service ought to resume by then.
But Cuomo holds the facility to raise some restrictions from town, and controls the MTA, which operates the system.
Cuomo’s workplace didn’t return a request for remark.