Thursday, May 7, 2020

New York City Subway System Shuts Down Overnight For Disinfecting And Cleanliness: Better Or Worse

NEW YORK, NY - For the first time ever in its 115-year long history, NYC's subway system, which is highly known for its 24 hour service operation, has closed down (all 472 stations) during the overnight hours of 1am to 5am. The reason for this closure is to an overall cleaning and sanitation of the subway system and the removal of the homelessness, who makes the subway system their home. Just last week Thursday, after outrage and outcry of the entire MTA community, ranging from the employees to the customers, our "esteemed" governor, Andrew Cuomo, decides to have the subway system shut down during the overnight hours. During the overnight hours, crews will be disinfecting subways cars, cleaning up station platforms, and remove the homeless out of the system, in conjunction with the NYC homelessness outreach program, which was launched back in November 2019.

After the deaths of over 100+ TA (Transit Authority) employees, as well as employee deaths from LIRR and MetroNorth sub-agencies, now Cuomo wants to take action. LIRR and MetroNorth disinfect their trains on a daily basis and still operates 24/7. The overnight NYCT subway shutdown began on Wednesday May 6th (which is Tuesday night). So, if you are an overnight essential worker, you should plan your trip wisely. So here's how this is going to operate; 1,168 overnight bus trips for essential workers, stations will close at 1 am and becomes exit-only. You need to be off the platform by 1am . Details of your line's last trips is currently available online. Bus alternatives to the subways; the TA will prioritize bus routes that has existing overnight service that serve hospitals, serve hospitals but do not have overnight service, and that parallel subways. In Brooklyn, 3 express + 17 local; Bronx, 5 express + 10 local; Manhattan, 10 local; Queens 3 express + 13 local. 11 interborough routes will be making additional stops During the overnight hours local/limited/+SBS operates every 20 minutes or better; express bus will operate 30 minutes or better. Bus routes that normally operates only during the day, will now operate during late nights.

So, this is how the overall disinfecting and cleanliness is going to go down. The TA is (or was; not sure if they still are) hiring over 700+ cleaners to disinfect the stations and subway cars in areas (spots) that are mostly touched on a regular basis. The cleaners would be working on a non-union  This cleanliness procedure is not only done overnight, but also on a regular basis 24/7, and this also applies to buses. There are three primary activities of the whole cleanliness procedure during the overnight hours and around the clock;

  • Daytime Terminal Car Cleaning: Cleaners will be at every line's terminus station cleaning and disinfecting throughout the entire day. (This one I have issues with is because germs can't get ridden of so easily. Its like wiping a car after a clear washing at the car wash). 
  • Overnight Yard Cleaning: Some trains will be removed after daytime service and shall receive a more comprehensive cleaning each night in the yards. Crews will remove garbage and graffiti, clean spills and bio-hazards, mop floors, clean seats, and disinfect surfaces. 
  • Overnight Terminal Car Cleaning: Some trains will continue to run, but instead of carrying passengers, they'll carry cleaning crews. The cleaning is the same treatment as it is for the trains in the yards. On an additional note, the TA will be utilizing different, innovative solutions including UV (ultraviolet), antimicrobials, and electrostatic sprayers and determining if they are effective and efficient.  

This was made possible and came into fruition when NY Governor Andrew Cuomo took a tour of the Corona Yard (home of the IRT (7) Flushing Line), trying to act like he's innocent and has the TA's best interest at heart when clearly that him, MTA Chairman Patrick Foye and Interim NYCT President Sarah Feinberg (who was at the yard with Cuomo this past weekend), and they're STILL lying through their teeth, according to the Progressive Action via twitter. A Facebook video from the Business Insider Today has various MTA employees that works in the bus and subway departments explains what we all been saying for the past 2-3 weeks now. The bosses are treating their employees like expendables, not sanitizing their equipment properly, workers passing away by the numbers because they're not getting the proper masks and has to keep on working in these bad conditions. An article from the New York Times reports that two employees from the Gun Hill Bus Depot, located in the Bronx has two employees that passed away from this coronavirus pandemic and a TA subway conductor tells here story about how she had the COVID-19 and how her colleagues are being treated like sacrificial lambs. Cuomo thinks he's the savior of the masses when really, he's the demon incarate, with Foye, Feinberg, and TWU's Tony Utano right behind him. He drove Andy Byford away earlier this year. We have over 100+ deaths within a span of over a month when this pandemic started and the death toll 2x as high as the NYPD & FDNY combined.  Even two homeless people, earlier this week, passed away on the (C) and (4) trains, collectively. It was from drug overdose, not coronavirus. An NYPD officer, by the name of Musquez, has been a social worker for several years before joining the force; now he is a part of their (NYPD) Homeless Outreach and Shelter Security Unit, helping to get the homelessness off of our streets and subways. Here is the twitter video below, and I can tell that he's one of the nice cops, and the ones that gives the police force a bad name.
Lastly, the MTA plans to hire more police officers of their own to help combat against the homelessness in the subways if the NYPD doesn't pull through, which doesn't click well with me at all. As we all know, just late last year, the TA has hired over 500+ police officers to ensure that people didn't evade the fares. Instead of hiring more cops to be used as damage control, you use the cops that you already have and create a homelessness outreach of your own, MTA. If the NYPD can create their own outreach program, so can you. 

What do you guys think about the NYC subway shutting down overnight for overall cleanliness and disinfecting? Please let me know in the comments down below. 

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