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MTA chairman weighs in on Phase 3 reopening, safety measures in place

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 08:07:23-04

NEW YORK — As New York City enters Phase 3 of reopening, more people are expected to be on buses and trains as they head to work.

MTA Chairman Pat Foye spoke to PIX11 Morning News about what New Yorkers can expect when they take public transportation.

Foye said last week, the MTA reached 1.1 million riders on subways and over 1 million on buses, which have been carrying more customers during the pandemic.

Prior to the pandemic, there were an estimated 7.6 million people using public transportation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Foye anticipate an additional 50,000 people using the MTA facilities.

The agency expects ridership to gradually increase in the coming weeks, especially after the Labor Day weekend when more white-collared workers return to offices, Foye said.

The important thing people need to be reminded of is using masks. Masks are mandatory on public transit, and MTA workers have free face coverings available for those who need it.

Amid the pandemic, ridership and toll revenue drastically declined.

Despite the decline in revenue, Foye said they “are not going to do a pandemic-related fare increase.”

However, the MTA does have a planned fare increase, which is part of their budget plan at 2% a year.