The MTA developed an app to help essential workers get around during nightly subway closures

Daily Life In New York City Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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New York City’s subway system has a new app to help essential workers get around during nightly subway closures.

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s largest subway system and the only one in the US to run 24/7, announced that it would be shutting down between 1AM and 5AM to disinfect the trains and address the growing population of homeless people in the system. At the time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the step was necessary to protect transit workers who have been especially hard hit by COVID-19. During the shutdown, the state will provide alternative travel for essential employees who need to get to and from work during those hours.

Since the subway began its nightly shutdown, the MTA has…

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