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Sen. Schumer: NYC Needs To Restore 24-Hour Subway Service

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CBS2's Lisa Rozner has the story.

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JESSICA MOORE: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the next step in New York City's reopening should be resuming 24 hour subway service. CBS 2's Lisa Rozner is live on the Upper West Side with why he says it should happen soon. Lisa?

LISA ROZNER: Well, Jessica, the senator says that ridership is at an all time high since the pandemic began. As it stands right now, subway service is suspended every day between 2:00 and 4:00 AM for cleaning. But Schumer says with bar and restaurant curfews being lifted, he believes more people like workers and patrons will be inconvenienced. He says ridership has been above the 2 million mark for most of last month, and on April 23, it hit 2.1 million.

I spoke with the union that represents transit workers. A spokesperson says before things change, the system needs more uniformed officers, more mental health services for those who are homeless, as well as the efforts to hire more union cleaners, as a good amount have been lost through attrition. Schumer did address the cleaning issue.

CHUCK SCHUMER: The one thing they'll have to do is hire more workers to clean the trains as the ridership goes up and as the service goes on. But guess what? Through the hard work of our New York delegation-- which I led-- we have gotten over $15 billion to the MTA.

LISA ROZNER: The Riders Alliance does stand behind the senator on this, and wants to see 24 hour service. But another passenger advocacy group called Passengers United says, quote, "Running it 24 hours is still dangerous. In fact, the last two deadly stabbings happened at night. New York City Transit and NYPD has to have a full safety plan to protect the employees."

I did reach out to the MTA for comment. A spokesperson referred me to comments made by leaders earlier this week. They did say that 24/7 service would return soon, but no details on a date. Live on the Upper West Side, Lisa Rozner CBS 2 News.