For the last 115 years, the New York City subway system – the largest in the nation – has been in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That streak came to an end Wednesday morning when the city shut down the system to thoroughly clean and sterilize the cars. The goal is to help prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. After all, the Big Apple is America's epicenter of the virus.
Although the subway system was curtailed in March, it is now being halted early each morning from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
According to CBS News, the New York Police Department has dedicated 1,000 officers to manning the 472 stations throughout the system. Less than 200 of the stations can be physically locked up during cleaning.
But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said it best:
Probably should clean them more frequently than once every 115 years. https://t.co/KXMal2McAm— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2020
It took a pandemic to clean the NYC subway. We were doomed from the start. https://t.co/SusrUtpY7Z— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 6, 2020
We’re they.... never cleaned before? This makes me want to puke, I ride the subway all the time. https://t.co/o8IPfN1IFS— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 6, 2020
It shouldn't take 115 years for the subway system to be deep cleaned. After all, roughly 5 million people use the subway system to commute to and from work and across various parts of the city.
What's even worse is how far into this pandemic we were before Mayor Bill de Blasio decided it was probably a good idea to clean one of the busiest places in the city.
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