New York City Subway Service Hours Expanding

As of Monday, Feb. 22, the New York City subway will shut down for just two hours a night for cleaning, from 2 a.m.-4 a.m. CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.

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- Now new at 5:00, some changes for the New York City subway system.

- MTA just announcing that trains will soon operate longer hours. CBS 2's Dick Brennan live at Columbus Circle tonight. Dick?

DICK BRENNAN: Maurice and Christine, two more hours of subway service-- this is a big deal to a lot of people, we can tell you. Originally, the idea was to close the subways overnight. That would be from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM. Well, now things have changed. They originally wanted to keep the subways clean due to COVID, cleaning them overnight. Well, now it's 2:00 AM to 4:00 PM that the subways will be closed.

It was also viewed as a good idea because-- let's face it-- overnight, there were also some maintenance issues that the subways had to deal with. In the meantime, the MTA chairman has said that this will be helpful to accommodate more riders overnight.

PATRICK FOYE: At the same time, this two-hour service suspension will allow us to continue our enhanced disinfecting regime, which has led the subways to be the cleanest they've ever been. We will never stop doing everything we can to protect riders and employees.

DICK BRENNAN: So we can tell you right now, subway runners overnight will be very happy about this, two more hours of subway service. It will all begin on February 22. We're live in Columbus Circle, Dick Brennan, CBS 2 News.

- OK, Dick, thank you.