Photos: New York shuts overnight subway trains for first time in history

Updated On May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

New York City’s subway train service turned back communters for the first time in the system’s 115 year history on Wednesday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Running on a reduced schedule since March, the normally round-the-clock system will now halt for a nightly deep cleaning and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible camping in subway cars during the coronavirus lockdown.

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A subway train arrives in Coney Island, Stillwell Terminal, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, US, May 6. NYC has the country’s busiest public transport system, with a weekday ridership of more than 5 million. (Jeenah Moon / REUTERS)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

A subway train arrives in Coney Island, Stillwell Terminal, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, US, May 6. NYC has the country’s busiest public transport system, with a weekday ridership of more than 5 million. (Jeenah Moon / REUTERS)

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Signs are posted outside of Brooklyn station as workers prepare to close down the New York City subway system, the largest public transportation system in the nation, for nightly cleaning due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on May 5 in New York City. (Spencer Platt /Getty Images /AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

Signs are posted outside of Brooklyn station as workers prepare to close down the New York City subway system, the largest public transportation system in the nation, for nightly cleaning due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on May 5 in New York City. (Spencer Platt /Getty Images /AFP)

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Workers arrive to clean Grand Central station on May 5 in New York City. Following reports of homeless New Yorkers sleeping on the trains and the deaths of numerous subway employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has decided to close New Yorks subway system from 1am to 5am every evening for a deep cleaning. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

Workers arrive to clean Grand Central station on May 5 in New York City. Following reports of homeless New Yorkers sleeping on the trains and the deaths of numerous subway employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has decided to close New Yorks subway system from 1am to 5am every evening for a deep cleaning. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)

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Workers clean Grand Central station in New York City on May 5. Fewer trains had been running in the overnight hours anyway, but the shutdown allows for daily cleanings and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible in subway cars during the coronavirus, according to an AP report. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

Workers clean Grand Central station in New York City on May 5. Fewer trains had been running in the overnight hours anyway, but the shutdown allows for daily cleanings and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible in subway cars during the coronavirus, according to an AP report. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)

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Workers clean Grand Central station on May 6 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

Workers clean Grand Central station on May 6 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images /AFP)

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New York Police officers talk to people on the platform while MTA officials work on trains for the disinfecting operations at the Coney Island, Stillwell Terminal on May 6. Even as subway ridership has plunged more than 90%, the city’s homeless have occupied the system, largely out of fear of contracting the virus in shelters. (Frank Franklin II / AP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

New York Police officers talk to people on the platform while MTA officials work on trains for the disinfecting operations at the Coney Island, Stillwell Terminal on May 6. Even as subway ridership has plunged more than 90%, the city’s homeless have occupied the system, largely out of fear of contracting the virus in shelters. (Frank Franklin II / AP)

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A subway station stands empty as workers close down the largest public transportation system in the country for nightly cleaning due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on May 6 in New York City. (Spencer Platt /Getty Images /AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

A subway station stands empty as workers close down the largest public transportation system in the country for nightly cleaning due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on May 6 in New York City. (Spencer Platt /Getty Images /AFP)

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A New York City MTA transit worker cleans a subway car during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City on May 6. (Jeenah Moon / REUTERS)
Updated on May 06, 2020 07:30 PM IST

A New York City MTA transit worker cleans a subway car during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City on May 6. (Jeenah Moon / REUTERS)

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