City Controller Scott Stringer said on Sunday that the MTA needs to adjust its service schedule to meet the demands of a rolling, “24/7 rush hour” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. has become prominent.
Many white-collar workers have continued to work from home for some or most of the work week, according to data crunched by Stringer’s office, with ridership patterns becoming similar by time and place. That means a higher percentage of riders on buses, on weekends and in the early hours, than before the pandemic.
“The clock time is not nine to five, Monday through Friday. It’s rush hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Stringer said during a press conference in Manhattan on Sunday.
“We need to prioritize where people are and people are taking mass transit,” he said, pointing to data that shows workers living outside Manhattan and are more likely to work, 89 percent of whom work in Manhattan.
“New Yorkers working in these services, the shift work, face-to-face industries generally do not follow the standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday schedule and will often And work in non-Manhattan boroughs,” the report said.
To meet the changing commuting patterns and bring more riders back in a big way, Stringer called the MTAs every six hours from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Asked to run trains and buses in minutes.
Weekend trains currently run between each other for 12 minutes.
An MTA spokesperson responded that the transport authority “continues to run metro and bus services for approximately 55 per cent of pre-pandemic customers with over 90 per cent.”
“We recognize the critical role the MTA plays in the recovery of the region’s economy and have announced an exploration of new fare options while continuously providing better service with available resources,” said spokesman Aaron Donovan.