“#NYC subways begin to bounce back: a huge sign of progress”
July 26, 2020 | 6:57pm
Oh, bus rides rose 57 percent in the week of the turnaround. But subway rides jumped 75 percent, a huge step toward normalcy.
This shows much-reduced worries about the coronavirus as new cases continue to plummet. You still need to “mask up” to help keep everyone safe — but that’s a long way from total lockdown.
Full normal is a ways off yet: The pandemic left the homeless a far more visible part of the scene underground, while urgent demands on the NYPD have allowed subway crime to spike.
And the MTA is beyond broke, losing $200 million a week in what Chairman Pat Foye calls “a once-in-100-years fiscal tsunami.” It’s had to put off upgrade work and other projects, and it may have to shut down whole lines if Congress doesn’t provide another multibillion-dollar rescue.
But the heart of New York City is starting to resume a healthy beat. It’s hard to think of a stronger sign of progress.
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