Daily subway ridership over 600,000 last week for the first time since late March

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The MTA makes a slight update to their new "essential service" plan amid the coronavirus crisis.

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NEW YORK — MTA officials confirmed Wednesday reported that daily subway ridership inched over 600,000 this week for the first time since late March.

This comes while the city and MTA have urged only essential workers ride the subways during the coronavirus pandemic. The subway has also been closed from 1 to 5 a.m. every day for cleanings.

“Not surprisingly, we have seen small shifts in ridership on both subways and buses but overall ridership declines continue to hover around 90%,” a spokesperson for the MTA told PIX11 News. “MTA continues to run essential service for essential workers and essential trips only. We ask New Yorkers to continue to heed the state’s advice by staying home.”

These numbers are up from the record lows roughly 365,000 trips the week of April 13, according to officials. That’s a 94% dip from the 5.56 million trips the subway completed on an average weekday in April 2019.

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