The first deliberate shutdown of the New York City subway system in 115 years was deemed "successful" by transit officials on Wednesday, after a small army of cleaners disinfected trains, and police officers, social workers and nurses helped remove many of the homeless population that had been sheltering underground during the pandemic. The governor says this is the first time something like this has ever been done. Foye said the shuttle bus service was "effective" and that he didn't hear of any overcrowding issues. A homeless man receives assistance at the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue subway station on the second night the transit system was shut down overnight for cleaning. In Muir interview, Trump walks back talk of vaccine by year's end, touts progress on therapeutics, Minorities have higher chances for 'bad outcomes' as country reopens: Former acting CDC director, Gov. New York City's subway system shut down in the early hours of Wednesday morning for its first round of daily coronavirus cleaning. The mission to make the normally 24-hour transit service safe for essential workers to ride commenced at 1 a.m., and by 5 a.m. the crews had deep-cleaned all the trains in the system and mobilized alternative shuttle buses during that four-hour window, officials said. The first deliberate shutdown of the New York City subway system in 115 years was deemed "successful" by transit officials on Wednesday, after a small army of cleaners disinfected trains, and police officers, social workers and nurses helped remove many of the homeless population that had been sheltering underground during the pandemic. ", 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Subway Shutdown: New York Closes System for First Time in 115 Years On Wednesday morning, the system, a 24-hour mainstay, closed for overnight disinfection. The daily cleaning is scheduled to continue at those hours for the duration of the pandemic, which has killed nearly 14,000 people in New York City and infected more than 173,000. The New York Police Department has assigned more than 1,000 officers to secure many of the system's 472 stations, as fewer than 200 can be physically locked up. New York City normally has the country's busiest public transit system, with a weekday ridership of more than 5 million. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. "I think it's fair to say the first closing of the subway in 115 years was successful," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Pat Foye said Wednesday in an interview with WCBS radio. NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s subway system went silent in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as part of a plan for the normally round-the-clock system to shut down for train cleaning. Gov. A cleaning crew disinfects a New York City subway train on May 4, 2020 in New York. Service officially shut down between 1 and 5 a.m. at all 472 stations in order to disinfect cars and platforms and to prevent the homeless from riding overnight. Beginning May 6, at 1 a.m., the subway will shut down each day between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., so subway cars can be disinfected. "We have never ever seen so much success in a single night before," de Blasio said. They’ll be used for cleaning subway station equipment like MetroCard machines, turnstiles, and handrails. Workers clean Grand Central station as the New York City subway system, the largest public transportation system in the nation is set for nightly cleaning due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on May 5, 2020 in New York. About 1,000 police officers, along with nurses and social workers, fanned out across the city to help remove homeless people from 472 of the system's subway stations as the mass cleaning commenced. MORE: Gov. (WABC) -- Every night, with the subway shut down for cleaning during the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of homeless New Yorkers are herded out of the subways. New York City's subway system went silent in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as part of a plan for the normally round-the-clock system to shut down for train cleaning. Posted at 5:20 PM, May 02, 2020 . (May 6) "Meanwhile, thousands of hotel rooms sit empty -- places that could be used to help homeless New Yorkers get back on their feet and maintain safe social distancing. The City and State are failing our homeless neighbors at a time when their very lives are at risk and when the solution is so easy and obvious.". NYC Subway Shut Down For Cleaning. But experts say fear of being infected by touching something can be overblown. Outreach teams made up of officers and nurses are being sent to 29 end-of-line stations to roust homeless people from trains that are headed out of service for cleaning, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Tuesday. For the first time ever, New York City's subways shut down overnight for a deep cleaning (Source: QuickTake) May 6th, 2020, 8:08 PM GMT+0000. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City’s subway system would discontinue its 24-hour service for the first time in its history. At his daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said outreach teams and police engaged with about 250 homeless people to remove them from subway cars and stations, and that 139 of them accepted invitations to go into shelters and other programs that he hopes will help them break the cycle of homelessness. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down the New York City subway system in the morning hours of May 6 for cleaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A file photo of an MTA worker cleaning the inside of a subway car. NYC subway system temporarily shuts down for COVID cleaning 4 months 1 week 5 days ago Wednesday, May 06 2020 May 6, 2020 May 06, 2020 11:40 AM May 06, … But Giselle Routhier, policy director of the nonprofit group Coalition for the Homeless, criticized the operation for forcing homeless people, who use the subways as a refuge, into the streets. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting. The latest news and biggest developments to keep you informed about the deadly pandemic. Gov. "Last night, the MTA and the NYPD began implementing a policy that is pushing hundreds of vulnerable homeless people into the streets in the middle of a pandemic," Routhier said in a statement. The New York City subway been shut down because of weather: Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. People wear masks and maintain social distance to help stop the spread of new coronavirus, while waiting in line to enter a store on 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood in New York. NYC subway halting overnight service for virus cleaning Gov. Cleanliness is next to godliness — and now it’s also next to loneliness. It is the first time in history the entire system is shut down, with train halted between 1 a.m. and 5 … And while some users did jump in and confirm that it was actually the 24/7 subway system itself that was being shut down for the first time in 115 years, many were left wondering why the trains still seem pretty gross in appearance if they're being cleaned on a … If we can get more and more [individuals] into services, that number can get even lower.". The annual street festival parade marking Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration held on this day to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire on May 5, 1862, was canceled this year due to COVID-19. ", NYPD Chief Terry Monahan added: "We weren't sure what we would get -- 252 was a reasonable number compared to what people thought were living in stations. Associated Press. Andrew Cuomo says New York City is shutting down its subway system each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning … Trains came to a halt for the mass cleaning in four of the five boroughs. The New York City subway system has seen a 90 percent decline in ridership since the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the city. The trains, which had been running on a reduced schedule since late March, are now going to be stopped from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day. In addition to shuttle buses, the MTA paid for 250 for-hire vehicle trips for essential workers through its Essential Connector program, said Foye, adding, "As we predicted, most of the riders, first responders and essential workers in this 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period were served by the robust bus service that was added. On early Wednesday morning, the New York City subway shut down overnight for the first time in 115 years. New York City began closing its iconic subway system each morning for cleaning and relocating homeless people who have taken up shelter there. But the impact of the coronavirus and people staying at home has been severe, with overall mass transit use dropping more than 90% in the past several weeks. The entrance to … During the blizzard of 2015, the system canceled passenger service but … NEW YORK -- New York City's subway system went silent in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as part of a plan for the normally round-the-clock system to shut down for … When service resumes, they say, the system should be shut down daily from midnight to 5 a.m. for deep cleaning, workers should get better PPE, and all … A team of about 700 cleaners ensured nearly every train car was cleaned at least once, and some likely more than once, MTA officials said. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Abbott calls for the release of woman who reopened salon despite state's COVID orders, Permanent resident facing deportation hoping for Biden's help: 'Need a miracle', Investigation and conviction in 1996 murder raises questions, 17 states back Trump in longshot Supreme Court ask, Trump admin offered $700M to 9/11 victims to save Sudan deal. Citing government surveys, de Blasio said 3,500 to 4,000 homeless people live on New York City streets or within the subway system on any given night, but added that the number of people who accepted housing offered by outreach workers during Wednesday morning's cleaning was "remarkable.". NEW YORK -- New York City's subway system went silent in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as part of a plan for the normally round-the-clock system to shut down for train cleaning. The Staten Island Rapid Transit remained open. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each night beginning May 6, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will shut down the subway … The 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. closures, aimed to clear out stations for deep cleaning, will continue for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Cleaners carrying bottles of bleach then boarded the trains. Police officers escorted people out of Brooklyn's Coney Island station, the end of the line for several trains, and told them they would have to board buses to get to their destinations. No arrests or summonses were issued, officials said. At least 109 MTA employees have died from coronavirus, and all but three of them worked for the subway or bus divisions, transit officials said. Andrew Cuomo has said. "We've never seen this many people who were living on the streets agree to something different. The policy will go into effect on Wednesday, May 6. Abbott calls for the release of woman who reopened salon despite state's COVID orders, MORE: As NYC subways prepare for disinfecting, homeless will have to find alternate refuge. The trains, which had been running on a reduced schedule since late March, are now going to be stopped from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day. The trains, which had been running on a reduced schedule since late March, are now going to be stopped from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day. Fewer trains had been running in the overnight hours anyway, but the shutdown allows for daily cleanings and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible in subway cars during the coronavirus. People wear masks and maintain social distance to help stop the spread of new coronavirus, while waiting in line to enter a store on 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood in New York. It was the sounds of silence in New York City’s subway system, as the normally round-the-clock system shut down for train cleaning… The annual street festival parade marking Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration held on this day to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire on May 5, 1862, was canceled this year due to COVID-19. This will allow the city to clean the subway cars thoroughly, which will hopefully stop them from contributing to the spread of COVID-19 — … He first warned of the historic change last week, explaining that the subway system would shut down from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each night beginning on May 6. By AMANDA LUZ HENNING SANTIAGO May 1, 2020 On Thursday, Gov. Subway service is being shut down overnight for daily cleanings starting May 6. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will shut the city’s subway system down every night beginning May 6 so workers can scrub the system clean for New Yorkers. Many of the people at the Coney Island station early Wednesday appeared to be homeless, though one man insisted he was not and asked officers how he was going to get to his home in the Bronx. New York prepares to shut down subway overnight for cleaning. By: Jennifer Bisram. 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