Facility Closures & Public Transport


All public schools summer learning will occur remotely and the dates have been altered. For more information on summer school, visit this link.

Regional Enrichment Centers (REC) are available for the children of first responders, healthcare providers, transit workers, and other essential workers.

New York City is piloting closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians. For current open streets, visit this page.

Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are available. License and permit expirations will be extended.

Many city agencies will be temporarily suspending and reducing services. For a complete list of NYC Agency Service reductions and suspensions, please click here.

On Saturday, April 18, Governor Cuomo announced an executive order that will allow New York residents to complete all parts of marriage license application online, and vows made be done via video conference with a licensed officiant.


  • Important: Many of MTAs services have been suspended due to tropical storm Isaias. Please check the MTA website for up-to-date suspensions.
  • As part of NYC’s Phase 4 reopening, MTA Service will be increasing.
    • Face coverings are required; they will be distributed to those who are not wearing PPE. Some subway stations have mask vending machines; all have masks available at station booths
    • Whenever possible, maintain 6 feet between yourself and other commuters.
    • Subway service will remain suspended from 1 am to 5 am every morning to allow for thorough cleaning. Stations will also be closed during this time.
    • During cleaning hours, MTA will provide free alternative transportation to essential workers, including buses, dollar vans, and for-hire vehicles. For more information on overnight transportation options, please visit this page.
For more information on cleaning and changes to service, visit this page.

At this time, you should limit public transportation travel to ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. Please remember that MTA employees are also on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic and are risking their health and safety every day.

General precautions:
  • If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not use public transportation.
  • Remember to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds after using public transportation.
  • When taking the subway, if the train is too crowded, wait for the next one if you can.

If you are a senior in need of transportation options, see Transportation for Seniors.

If you use Access-a-Ride for transportation, you may travel with a personal care attendant or guest. Shared rides are not being scheduled.

Many in-person facilities are closed or operating reduced hours.  
  • Closed: customer service center in Lower Manhattan, Metro-North customer service center in Grand Central Terminal, North end entrances of Grand Central Terminal, lost and found offices, MetroCard mobile sales buses/vans, EasyPay account service center
  • Reduced hours:  Station Master’s Office at Grand Central Terminal, OMNY customer service center

Changes in service:

  • Buses are operating on a weekday, closed-school schedule and regular weekend schedules
  • Enhanced bus service runs between 1 am and 5 am every morning. 
  • There is a new rear-door boarding policy. Local and SBS buses should be boarded through the back door. Express bus customers still board through the front. Riders who need the ramp can board through the front door and use the priority seats.
  • In August, the MTA will be installing protective glass for the bus drivers; at this time, boarding through the front door will resume for all passengers.

  • Ticket stations are opened at reduced hours. Check the MTA website for more information on schedules. Purchases can also be made using the MTA eTix app.
  • Off-peak fares are in effect.

  • Modified schedules have been adopted on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines, including weekends.
  • Ticket counters are closed. Cash is no longer being accepted on trains. Cash may be used at ticket vending machines. Purchases can also be made using the MTA eTix app.

For a full list of changes, please click here.

In addition to the changes and reductions in public transit services, the Department of Transportation is suspending the following:
  • Sidewalk violation issuance
  • Sidewalk repairs (except in emergencies)
  • Parking permit issuance (except in emergency circumstances)
  • Bus, pedestrian, and bike infrastructure (except in emergencies)
  • Roadway milling and paving (except in emergencies)
  • Traffic studies

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