Essential Connector: Reminder! For-hire vehicle service ends 8/30

This is a targeted message for Essential Connector for-hire vehicle users:

Essential Connector


We want to remind you that after 5 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, there will no longer be free for-hire vehicle service while the subway is closed from 1-5 a.m. for disinfecting.

Please make sure you plan ahead at, with the MYmta app, or by calling us at 511 to find the best route for you. As you’re planning your trip, keep in mind that Metro-North and Long Island railroads are cross-honoring fares from stations in NYC while the subway is closed.

Also, front-door boarding and fare collection resumes on local buses on Monday, August 31. The $2.75 base fare will apply on local buses, and on Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens express buses between 1-5 a.m.

If your trip requires more than one transfer, you can travel on a single fare by following these steps between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.:

  • When you pay your fare with coins, a pay-per-ride MetroCard, or OMNY at the beginning of your trip, request an electronic paper transfer from the bus operator to use when you transfer.
  • When you make your transfer, you may request an additional electronic paper transfer if you will need to transfer again.
  • On SBS (Select Bus Service) routes, pay or use your transfer at the curbside machine to receive a paper receipt. Board through the front door, show the receipt to the bus operator, and request the paper transfer.
  • The paper transfer works only on local buses, and on Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens express buses between 1-5 a.m. Use the transfer on your MetroCard or OMNY to enter the Subway after 5 a.m. That transfer is valid for 2 hours from when you began your trip – if your trip extends beyond 2 hours, tell the Station Agent at the booth before swiping your MetroCard at the turnstile.

For more information on overnight travel options, please visit

Take care,

The team at MTA