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MTA scales back some express subway service amid COVID-19 staffing changes

Posted at 10:37 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 06:45:12-04

NEW YORK — The MTA is scaling back some express subway service due to staffing changes related to the coronavirus outbreak.

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B, W and Z trains will not run on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the MTA will “continue to evaluate” operations moving forward.

For B train service, riders can take the C, D and Q lines. For W train service, take the N or the R lines. For Z train service, take the J line.

“This is a tailored schedule based on what we anticipate. Things may change, and if and when it does, we'll keep you updated,” NYC Transit tweeted Tuesday.

Additionally, the Staten Island Railway will operate every 20 minutes and make local stops during peak morning and evening hours. Overnight service will be scaled back to once an hour to match revised ferry service, according to the MTA.

“Our frontline employees—train crews, dispatchers, track workers, and everyone else who’s keeping New York moving—are heroes, and we continue to salute their service,” NYC Transit tweeted Tuesday.

About 75 percent of normal subway service will run, MTA Chief Operating Officer Mario Péloquin said.

"We're trying to preserve good service for first responders as much as possible," Péloquin said.

With ridership down 87 percent, they aren't worried about overcrowding on the subways that will still run.

The announcement comes one day after MTA CEO Pat Foye told the PIX11 Morning News the transit authority would operate regular service for as long as it could in order to get essential workers to their destinations, despite a drastic drop in ridership. The MTA is seeking a $4 billion bailout from the federal government to offset the lost revenue.