When it comes to public transit, New York City subways are among the dirtiest, grimiest, smelliest around (okay, that’s my opinion, but try and argue that with my Cuban abuelita who says “nunca más” to riding the L Train in the summer). To say that New York subways have a thick, discernable musk in its stagnant air, and layer upon layer of gunk on its rails and seats, is an understatement. And considering that New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, it’s a welcome development for not just New Yorkers, but anyone who has ever visited the city and taken a ride in them, that they are finally being shut down for a cleaning.
The first deliberate shutdown of the New York City subway system in 115 years was deemed “successful” by transit officials on Wednesday, after a small army of cleaners disinfected trains. Nearly 500 cleaners and more than 1,000 police officers are deploying nightly to enforce the first regularly scheduled, historic cleanings.
The goal is to make the normally 24-hour transit service safe for essential workers to ride by closing them between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The method of cleaning will include traditional disinfectants, plus the use of powerful ultraviolet lamps. While some people (Trump) have gone as far as suggesting some sort of intravenous ultraviolet therapy (which is likely difficult and dangerous), UV rays are actually proven to kill most viruses when in direct contact, and the hope is that it will help clear subways and buses of nasty little buggers like COVID-19.
In any case, it took a crisis – but after more than a century, New York’s subways are finally being cleaned! #SmallVictories #MajorAccomplishments