Officials not ruling out shutting down mass transit in wake of coronavirus

Fox 5

Despite the spread of coronavirus, state and local officials are not shutting down mass transit in the city and state, at least not yet.  An estimated 4.3 million people ride the New York City subway system a day.

MTA Interim Chairperson Sarah Feinberg told FOX 5 NY morning program ‘Good Day New York‘ and echoed statements from NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio a day earlier, that they are not ruling out the possibility.

“This is a dynamic situation,” said Feinberg. “Moment by moment; hour by hour. We will follow the guidance we are given by medical experts.”

More than 51,000 MTA employees are working to help prevent the spread of the virus in the city by cleaning and disinfecting ‘touchpoints’ and disinfecting subway cars every 72 hours.

Workers are using bleach to scrub down all 472 stations, 6,714 subway cars, and 5,700 buses.  The goal is to sanitize anything any commuter might touch.

“It’s what’s feasible at the moment. We are following the guidance we are given from medical experts,” said Feinberg.

Part of the contingency plan involves imploring employers to stager work hours of employees to reduce the number of commuters and straphangers on any train or subway at any given time.

“We don’t want to have to do massive close-downs, massive quarantines,” said Cuomo on Sunday during FOX Business’ ‘Mornings with Maria.’

4 thoughts on “Officials not ruling out shutting down mass transit in wake of coronavirus

  1. Infringing Freedom of Movement. How they love that one. Cages without bars. Makes things easier for them.

    Lyrics to that old song come to mind: “You gotta go where wanna go, do what you wanna do.”



  2. So what? Who needs the subway? Another week and no one’s going to have a job anyway.

    I’m glad I’m not in NYC…’s going to be a zoo when this economy is done collapsing.

  3. Okay so everyone who works in NYC from the various Boroughs or Long Island will have to drive into NYC esp. Manhattan which will cause even more air pollution and make it more like Wuhan China and give ol’ Greta a heart attack….bwahahahahahahahahahahah! Or do they just show down all those bridges? Even the Verranzano? And the tunnels? And the Staten Island Ferry? Next thing you know Major League Baseball (not that I care) will cancel the season…. and then the real fun begins.

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