NYC Subways are one of the most sought-after commutes for local citizens and it was naturally affected by the surge of coronavirus. But the city’s final Covid-related shutdown occurred Sunday morning as the transportation has reverted to its 24 hours services.
The decision was taken considering how people still resort to and avail its services on a large scale. The ridership statistics of the subway crossed over 2 million on April 8, according to sources at CBS News. The statistics was released from the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, which indicated the highest number ever since the inception of the disease, and continued to have an average ridership of 2 million commuters on a daily basis.
Although it is still low compared to the average ridership of 5.4 million during the pre-pandemic times, the statistics denotes that the transport is demanded of more hours of its services.
New York City Transit (NYCT) had recorded the highest subway ridership during the pandemic on April 23rd at 2,119,655 trips, according to Progressive Railroading. The prior average of 5.4 million trips drastically fell at the onset of the pandemic, falling more than 90% at 300,000 daily trips during April 2020. Subsiding cases of coronavirus lead to the transportation being availed as it was used to.
Governor Cuomo boldly stated that it is high time to ‘get back to life’ and masks would not be made mandatory after vaccination of the population is done. “We’re really happy to be bringing 24-7 service back,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Pat Foye in response to the Governor’s press conference held on Wednesday, May 12th at Sahlan Field in Buffalo, New York.
In addition to these statements, Cuomo also said the reopening of Radio City Music and this year’s iteration of the New York City Marathon will be open to vaccinated members of the society, and furthermore urged the citizens to embrace reviving the culture of no masks and no social distancing.