The Metropolitan Transit Authority is making changes to increase safety and deal with the increased subway and bus riders surrounding New York City’s reopening, Monday. The MTA released its plan for Phase one reopening effective immediately. Changes to its current plan for coronavirus prevention include increased service, mandatory face masks and coverings for all riders, social distancing decals at stations and hand sanitizer.
An estimated 1 million Free face masks will be distributed to riders who forgot or do not have one at stations across the five boroughs. About 35,000 gallons and 500,000 small bottles of hand sanitizer have been distributed to the MTA.
There is also continue increased cleaning on trains and buses by the MTA. The overnight cleaning closures will continue during Phase One Reopening. The Essential Connector Program, the program invented to stop the spread of Covid-19, shut down the subway during its slowest hours between 1 am and 5 am for cleaning during the pandemic. Additional cleaning will also be included throughout the day.
While the MTA continues to work to improve safety, riders on trains and buses have a different opinion. View social media video posts from riders and the MTA below. For more breaking technology business and culture news stay tuned here and follow us on social media @nycwired.