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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 June 5, 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.

Find out more and plan a trip.


NYC curfew

We’ll continue to run service for essential workers during the curfew. The subway will continue to close from 1-5 a.m. Buses will continue to run all night.

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.

What to expect as NYC reopens

What we’re doing

  • Ramping up service
  • Continuing to deep-clean and disinfect stations and vehicles
  • Reminding riders about precautions to keep everyone safe, including floor decals and station announcements
  • Making hand sanitizer, masks, and other protective equipment available to riders in stations

Read more from NYCT President Sarah Feinberg.


What you can do

  • Wear a mask. They’re required when you ride with us.
  • Travel during less busy times if you can
  • Use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands when you get to your destination

MTA Action Plan for a Safe Return

MTA leadership on how we’re planning ahead

More COVID-19 information

What at the MTA is open and closed


  • The Station Master's Office at Grand Central Terminal
  • The OMNY customer service center will be operating at reduced hours. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, the service center will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Other changes you should know about


City, state, and national resources
Information for MTA contractors