An empty subway train during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. (Photo: Jeenah Moon / Reuters)


Since its opening in 1904, the NYC Subway has been an integral part of the city’s iconic nightlife and culture, with trains running 24/7 since day one. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, service has been indefinitely closed to the public nightly between 1am and 5am since May 6, 2020. The MTA says this is necessary for the trains and stations to be cleaned thoroughly. Interestingly, the trains are still running overnight, albeit completely empty, leading people to question the motivation of the nightly closures. Is it actually for public health, or just another way for the city to harass…

Julian Briggs

Civil Engineering student at Columbia University with a passion for transit, planning, and social justice.

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