New York City transit chief Sarah Feinberg on Sunday blamed the media for low metro ridership – news outlets claim there are apprehensions about contracting COVID-19 on trains.
“[The subway system] In fact some of the initial coverage of the epidemic was ill, ”Finberg, the MTA’s interim transit president, said in an interview Abc 7, Mentioning news footage at the time of packed metro trains.
“So I think people started thinking, the last place I want is in a crowded metro car,” she said.
Feinberg said the data shows that – despite more than 28,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Big Apple in the past year – public transportation is not a hot spot to transmit the virus.
“Well, fast one year ahead, now study after study has shown that the metro system, the transit system, not only in New York but everywhere in fact, is actually a place not vectorizing viruses Is, “she told the station – without referencing specific studies.
His comments come as Metro ridership in New York City fell to nearly 70 percent in February 2020 this month and a 50 percent drop in city bus ridership.
The plaque also comes amid a string of subway attacks, which killed two homeless riders and injured several others last week.
Jobbers may also be linked to a decline in ridership – more than 550,000 New Yorkers have lost their jobs and others working remotely in the past year.
Transit officials, including Feinberg, have also cut metro service lines like C and F trains and reduced hours compared to last year.
A study commissioned by the agency predicted that Metro riders would not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until at least 2024.