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MTA Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We’re operating MTA Essential Service during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can get health-care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel where they need to go.

Updated May 29, 2020

Overnight service changes

There is no subway service between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

You can use our enhanced bus service for free while the subway isn't running.

Essential workers, we’re here for you. If you must travel, you can plan an alternative trip and learn more about our Essential Connector program.

General precautions

What we’re doing

  • Running as much service as we can with the crews we have available.
  • Providing overnight travel options for essential workers, for when subway service isn't running.
  • Deep-cleaning and disinfecting 24/7, and piloting new cleaning procedures.

What you can do

  • Stay home if you can. Only use public transit if your trip is essential.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering if you must travel.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizer when you’re not able to wash your hands.

What Essential Service looks like

Subways and buses

We’re operating with fewer crews, which might change your trip. 

Staten Island Railway service runs hourly, with additional trips during rush hour.


We are no longer scheduling shared rides. (You can still travel with a personal care attendant or guest.)

Stay home if your travel is not absolutely necessary. You’ll be helping protect yourself, your family and other New Yorkers. 

Long Island Rail Road

We'll run half-hourly or hourly service on most branches, with strategically added trains during peak travel times.

Metro-North Railroad

We're running a modified schedule on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. We’re increasing service as the region begins re-opening.

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MTA Safe Travels: 24/7 Clean

Keeping our system healthy and safe

What’s open and closed



Other changes you should know about

Have a question?

Call the New York Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 888-364-3065.You'll be able to speak with public health experts in your preferred language.