This morning was the first time in history that New York deliberately shut down its subway system.
To balance the lack of subway trains, the city added hundreds of additional bus routes to ensure essential workers had access to transportation.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”
-MTA Chairman Patrick Foye
To further clarify, the system was only shutdown from 1am to 5am for cleaning and maintenance purposes. In addition to adding vinyl shields on buses, this is one of many measures the city has taken to protect its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked why they took such an unprecedented action this morning, MTA Chairman Patrick Foye responded, “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”