Updated August 31, 2020
Alternatives to subway service
- The Essential Connector for-hire-vehicle program ended on August 30. You can use our expanded overnight bus service or other alternatives instead.
- The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are cross-honoring MetroCards between some stations while subway service isn’t running.
Enhanced overnight bus service
- All overnight buses from 1-5 am, including the express routes in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, will be $2.75. (The usual fare is in place for SIM buses.)
- We launched three new bus routes to help you travel between boroughs when the subway isn’t running.
- If your bus trip requires more than one transfer between midnight and 6 a.m., you can travel on a single fare by requesting a paper transfer from the bus operator on each leg of your trip.
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”
New overnight bus routes
We have launched three new overnight interborough bus routes: the Bx99, the M99, and the B99. These new routes operate every 20 minutes from 1-6 a.m.
Changes to overnight bus service
To make the most effective use of our limited resources and ensure consistent reliability on routes with higher ridership demands, we are making changes to service on some overnight routes currently experiencing very low ridership.
Express bus service
- Overnight service frequency will be adjusted to 60-minutes on these express routes: BxM4, BxM7, BM2, QM17
- Service will start after 6 a.m. on the X68
Local bus service
- Overnight service frequency will be adjusted to 30 minutes on the Q102 and B45
- Overnight service frequency will return to pre-pandemic levels on these local routes: B24, B48, Q46, B1, B36
- Weekend service frequency overnight will be adjusted to between 30-60 minutes on these local routes: Bx28, M2, M3, M4, M7, M20, M60-SBS, M102, M104, B45, B62, Q4, Q22, Q43
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.
Given our significant financial challenges and the lack of additional relief from Congress thus far, unfortunately we are no longer able to provide this service. Effective 5 a.m. August 30, we will no longer operate the Essential Connector program.