NYC early-shift workers stranded by subway’s nightly closures for COVID cleanings — empty trains still run, but they can’t ride them

The subway — built to ease travel across the city — lately has made travel hard for people like Pedro Perez, a 48-year-old electrician.

Perez commutes from East New York in Brooklyn to Paterson, N.J., early each morning. His lengthy trip requires him to take the A train to a bus out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal on the West Side. He’s due at work at 7 a.m. sharp.

But since May 6 — when Gov. Cuomo ordered the subway to close from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each night to remove homeless riders and clean trains during the COVID-19 pandemic — Perez has had trouble making it on time.

Straphangers wait in line at Broadway Junction in Brooklyn for the first 5 a.m. train. Trains, despite running normal late night schedules, are still closed to passengers. The subway — built to ease travel across the city — lately has made travel hard for people like Pedro Perez, a […]

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