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Overnight Resources for Essential Workers

Plan transit alternatives for subway service from 1 a.m.-5 a.m., get updates on our Essential Connector program, and find other resources to help you get where you’re going during the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated May 29, 2020

There is no subway service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. while we clean and disinfect trains and stations. The Staten Island Railway will continue running during this time. We’ll be operating enhanced overnight bus service while subway service is paused. Overnight local and express buses are free.

We’re still here to get essential workers where they're going, at all hours of the day and night.

Last scheduled departures for subways

You may still see trains running between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Those trains will be moving essential crews to where they need to be so we can resume service promptly at 5 a.m.

Bus alternatives to subway service

Express and local buses are free of charge between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

We’re prioritizing:

  • Routes with existing overnight service that serve hospitals
  • Routes that serve hospitals but do not have overnight service
  • Routes that parallel subways

Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., we expect:

  • Enhanced local buses running about every 20 minutes, or better
  • Enhanced express buses running about every 30 minutes, or better

View express routes and other inter-borough routes running overnight

Use our trip planner

Our trip planner has the most up-to-date route information about enhanced bus service.

  • Set the time for your planned commute
  • Under Travel Preferences, select “bus” and “express bus”

Overnight express bus routes

These routes will be operating about every 30 minutes or better tonight:

  • BxM1: Riverdale, Bronx, and East Midtown, Manhattan
  • BxM2: Riverdale, Bronx, and West Midtown, Manhattan
  • BxM4: Woodlawn, Bronx, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • BxM7: Co-op City, Bronx, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • BxM11: Wakefield, Bronx, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • BM2: Canarsie, Brooklyn, and Midtown/Downtown, Manhattan
  • BM3: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and Midtown/Downtown, Manhattan
  • QM6: Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Lake Success, Queens, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • QM17 Far Rockaway, Woodhaven, Queens, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • X28: Sea Gate, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and Midtown Manhattan
  • X68: Floral Park, Queens, and Midtown, Manhattan

Use our trip planner or the MYmta app for the most up-to-date route information.

Essential Connector

Essential workers are eligible for one free trip in a for-hire vehicle per night if:

  • A bus trip would take more than 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • A bus trip requires more than two transfers, or
  • The walk to or from a bus stop is more than 1/2 mile (10 minutes)

Request a ride or pre-book a trip

Use the Essential Connector page to request a ride between 1 a.m. and 4:45 a.m., or schedule a ride in advance.

Questions? Call 718-330-1234.

Use the Essential Connector app

Download the Essential Connector app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. You can plan a trip using our enhanced bus service while subway service is suspended. You can also request a ride on-demand between 1 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.

About our new cleaning procedures

We’re ramping up our cleaning procedures for subway trains and stations, buses and Access-A-Ride.