Nightly NYC subway closures reduced from four hours to two



Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are bringing back two hours of nighttime subway service that were eliminated during the COVID-19 crisis — as they teased a future return of 24-hour trains.

Beginning next Monday, MTA officials will shut down subway service from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., compared to the 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. shutdowns in effect since May.

“New York is starting to look at a return to normalcy. As we look at the reopening of the city and the economy, we have been planning in recent weeks for our own reopening and return of overnight service,” Interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg said Monday at a press conference with Cuomo.

“We have determined that a shortened overnight closure is an appropriate step forward towards the return of around-the-clock service.”

The decision comes after Feinberg and MTA Chairman Pat Foye endured hours of questioning last week from city council members upset over the continued closures.

Transit advocates have said increased hours of service could help stem the recent string of violence in the subway, arguing that more riders could help thwart attacks.

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“Ultimately what will keep more people safe on transit is more eyes on transit,” Riders Alliance spokesman Danny Pearlstein told The Post.

“Frequent service day and night is that way to bring more people and more eyes to the system right now.”



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