MTA increases overnight hours on subways, less time for cleaning

The MTA increased overnight subway service Monday, taking one step closer to the resumption of full 24-hour service.

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SHIRLEEN ALLICOT: Changes happened in the subway overnight. Now crews only have two hours to clean all the trains as officials work to get more riders back. Eyewitness News reporter Candace McCowan live in Columbus Circle with more. Candace.

CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah, Shirleen this is the first day since May that those trains began running at 4:00 AM. The shutdown hours were 1:00 to 5:00 AM. And now they're only 2:00 to 4:00 AM for those riders.

Now it's been since May when those overnight shutdowns began. And now we're taking a step closer back to an almost 24/7 schedule. Ridership is slowly increasing from an all-time low during the pandemic. It's now up just over 30%.

SARAH FEINBURG: The city's starting to come back. So inevitably, we want to start returning to the system we've always been-- to be that 24/7 system. Being closed for a few hours a night will be a challenge, but I think that we'll still be able to get done what we need to get done.

CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah. And the trains actually have been running non-stop on their normal schedule during that shutdown. Only MTA workers and police officers have actually been allowed to ride the train. But now two extra hours for everyone to take the trains here in New York City.