Lisa Orloff June 4, 2020

Subways and buses are set to return to full service when New York City begins reopening Monday, June 8th. Mayor DeBlasio recomends the following to keep New Yorkers safe on mass transit:

Increase Frequency of Service: significantly during peak hours while limiting the increase in ridership to allow for maximum social distancing. Return to regular rush hour service for Phase 1. The MTA should prepare to accommodate at least another 100,000 – 200,000 more riders per day.

Capacity Limits on Buses/Trains: to allow for social distancing. Skip stops if over capacity.

Limit Station/Train Overcrowding: Monitor platform crowding and temporarily close stations when needed during peak hours.

Social Distancing Signage/Markers: Clearly mark six feet of distance on platforms, trains and buses. Demarcate specific seats on trains and buses for riders, block off every other seat to maintain social distance.

Hand Sanitizing Stations: Install hand sanitizer in all stations and buses, including next to MetroCard vending machines and any other high-touch locations.

Face Coverings: Require face coverings for all individuals using subways, buses and trains. Provide face coverings throughout the system to ensure that all riders have them. The city will initially provide one million FREE face coverings.

Personnel: City will work with MTA to identify personnel to help promote and enforce social distancing.

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