Overnight New York City Subway Cleanings Cut to 2 Hours

Cleaning crews will work around the clock as public transportation gradually returns to 24-hour schedule

February 23, 2021

Yesterday overnight subway service increased in New York City, nine months after the public transportation system shut down for four hours every night so crews could clean and disinfect the stations and trains, WABC-TV reports

Since May 6, the subway has been closed from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST. Yesterday overnight closures were shortened to between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials say the two-hour closure will allow crews to perform the most aggressive disinfection practices when there are no passengers present. In addition, crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week cleaning, all 472 stations and thousands of train cars.

In the midst of the intensive subway cleanings, some contract workers are complaining they are not receiving the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to adequately perform their jobs. An interview with contract workers published on Documented alleges that cleaners were given towels, thin disposable gloves, and one mask to clean debris and vomit on  trains.

The workers also allege they were given face masks every other day instead of daily, were not paid the amount they had originally agreed upon, and were not allowed to take lunch breaks in MTA break rooms.

Latest Articles

Choosing the Right Color Palette
April 22, 2024 Nicole Davis

Choosing the Right Color Palette

April 18, 2024 Jeff Cross

The Holistic Truth About Improving IAQ

April 17, 2024

Air Quality 2.0—Shaping IAQ Now and Into the Future

Sponsored Articles

Jerred Attanasio at Spartan
April 11, 2024 Sponsored by Spartan Chemical Company

CleanCheck: The BSC’s Secret to Compliance, Safety, and Employee Retention

April 5, 2024 Sponsored by Sani Professional

Transforming Sustainability in Food Service: Sani Professional’s Versatile Dry Food Service Towel

March 18, 2024 Sponsored by Spartan Chemical Co.

Safer Choice® Certified Products From Spartan Chemical

Recent News

Earth Day 2024

Earth Day Reminds Us of Our Impact on the Environment

California Committee Passes 2,000 Square Feet Production-Rate Bill

How the CDC’s New Security Strategy Will Manage Emerging Health Threats