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NEW YORK — Regular subway service will continue to operate — for now — despite a drastic drop in ridership amid the coronavirus outbreak,MTA CEO Pat Foye told PIX11 News on Monday.

The decision was made with first responders and essential workers in mind, according to Foye.

“We’re running service. We’re taking first responders, police officers, nurses, doctors, firefighters, people working in pharmacies and grocery stores, etc., utility workers, to and from their jobs,” Foye told PIX11 News. “This is a very challenging time. Transit workers, as they did after 9/11 and after Superstorm Sandy and after any number of acts of God, are showing up to work.”

Given the ever-evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, Foye also said switching to a reduced or weekend schedule is still a consideration but it’s not one that MTA officials take lightly.

“If it comes to a point where we make a change, we will inform our customers, the public and of course the media on a current, real-time basis,” Foye said. “We have lots of plans, contingency plans, but right now we’re operating [regular] service.”

The MTA, meanwhile, is taking steps to keep workers and riders healthy, including regular subway cleanings and the start of rear-only boarding on many bus routes to protect drivers from possible coronavirus exposure.

Still, a major concern for MTA officials remains a steep drop in revenue as ridership plummets.

Monday marks the first full day of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “PAUSE” plan, requiring all non-essential businesses to move 100% of their workforce to work from home.

Foye said the MTA needs a $4 billion bailout from the federal government to offset the drop in ridership.