The interim president of MTA’s NYC transit division is not happy with Mayor de Blasio. NYC MTA transit interim president, Sarah Feinberg took to social media to attack the mayor after his comments about “not getting the answers we need from the MTA” on how to get subways and buses as safe as possible as the city re-opens.” Though she attacked Mayor de Blasio about his comment, the MTA is controlled by Governor Cuomo.
According to ABC7NY, Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates that NYC will hit phase 1 within the next two weeks sending an estimated 200,000-400,000 people back into the workforce.
Governor Cuomo made it clear in his statement, “New York City, you also have the added situation of public transportation. For New York City to reopen, you have working New Yorkers who commute on mass transit…And we have to be able to have a mass transit system that is safe, that is clean, and is not overcrowded."
New York City still has yet to enter phase 1 of reopening, while other parts of New York have already entered Phase 1. New York’s MTA has been taking all precautions to sanitize trains and limit the amount of riders.
MTA spokesperson Abbey Collins released a statement saying:
"We are in regular communication with City Hall and will announce more on phased restorations of service in the coming days. We have seen a small uptick in riders thus far and anticipate further increases as we enter Phase 1. The MTA has planned for reopening and continues to lay out an aggressive, best-in-class program to protect customer and employee health and safety, including undertaking the largest disinfecting program in MTA history, exploring innovative solutions to reduce density and requiring all customers and employees to wear masks."