NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Facing pressure with the subway becoming a haven for homeless, Governor Cuomo devised a plan for the MTA to disinfect each subway car every 24 hours and keep the essential workers safe.
To do this service, subways will shut from 1 to 5 a.m. every overnight.
The MTA will provide buses, dollar vans or, if necessary, for-hire vehicles to transport a person at no cost to the essential worker.
“This is going to be one of the most aggressive, creative, challenging undertakings that the MTA has done,” Cuomo said. “It’s going to require the MTA, the state, the city, the NYPD to all work together.
LIRR and Metro North will clean their fleet each day without any service disruption.
Cuomo praised Mayor de Blasio for pushing this bold cleansing initiative.
“I applaud him for his ambition here in stepping up and taking this on,” Cuomo said.
The mayor joined the governor’s briefly via video.
“It took some disruption to say, ‘We’re going to do something during this pandemic we’ve never done before. But it makes sense to protecting our heroes.”
de Blasio predecessor Mike Bloomberg was also part of the press conference remotely. He talked about creating the tracer army to find contacts of people who tested positive for COVID-19 as an integral step to move toward reopening.
His Bloomberg Philanthropies is teaming CUNY and SUNY to assist with prospective job candidates.
Through his Bloomberg School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins has developed a tracing program that can be accessed online.
Bloomberg said the tracers will use new apps that will help them find information and data quickly, allow the public to get information to health departments and those in quarantine can report any symptoms.
Cuomo said the hospital indicators were down yesterday but there were another 306 deaths in New York.
The governor said he’ll announce Friday any Stay-at-Home extension plans for the city, Long Island and Westchester.