The MTA’s chairman on Monday insisted mass transit is safe to ride amid the coronavirus outbreak — then suggested New Yorkers to keep away from the subway so that they don’t get sick.
“I need to guarantee the general public that the subways stay safe,” Pat Foye stated at a press convention at MTA headquarters.
Minutes later, he stated: “If you will get round with out driving the subway, do it.”
The feedback echoed recommendation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, who’ve stated commuters ought to keep away from taking crowded trains and search different transportation choices if accessible.
“The message is if there are alternate options to subways that work… try this,” Foye stated, suggesting alternate options like telecommuting, biking, strolling or taking transit at less-crowded instances of day.
The official recommendation rang hole for a lot of commuters Monday who stated they’d no selection but to take the practice.
“I reside all the way in which in The Bronx. I can’t bike all the way in which down right here to return to work,” stated Melissa Sweeney, 40, who was on her method residence from a gig close to City Hall.
“The mayor doesn’t should take the practice, but everybody has to get to work it doesn’t matter what,” stated Amani Adalasha, 24. “It’s sort of f—d up that he’s anticipating all of us to cease our lives. We all must generate income.”
“You need to be cautious and every little thing, but truthfully — I’m poor so I must work,” she added.
Others, nonetheless, had been defiantly unconcerned.
“We all gotta die, man. I’m gonna die, you’re gonne die. You by no means know once you’re going to die,” stated one 63-year-old Brooklyn man who gave his title as Joe.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Foye additionally stated the MTA had continued to satisfy its purpose of cleansing trains and buses each 72 hours and frequently-used station surfaces on daily basis.
He stated the added cleansing prices — plus an anticipated, but not but confirmed, drop-in ridership — might damage the MTA’s backside line.
“The MTA and its businesses will incur a major quantity of prices to this endeavor,” Foye stated.
“Our first precedence is public well being. That signifies that if there’s much less crowding, that within the quick time period is factor as a result of it will scale back the chance to the general public.”