NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is honoring its 136 employees who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began with a digital memorial at 107 subway stations.
The tribute features photos of the fallen transit workers accompanied by a poem titled “Travels Far” by former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. The poem was commissioned by the MTA and will appear in multiple languages at the designated stations.
Today we’re unveiling a tribute to our incredible workforce called “Travels Far” in remembrance of those who were taken away from the people who love them far too soon.
This memorial reflects the wonderful tapestry of individuals that make up our extraordinary transit family.
— MTA. Wear a Mask. Stop the Spread. (@MTA) January 25, 2021
Transit officials say the video tribute will play three times a day from Monday January 25th through February 7th.
An online version is accompanied by an original score by composer Christopher Thompson.