Traveling safely during the coronavirus pandemic

Here are steps you can take to help keep yourself and others healthy when you’re riding public transit in New York.

Before you go

Know how your train or bus is operating.

We’re ramping up to regular weekday service, but plan ahead. See daily ridership here. Check service status before you leave. Use, the MYmta app or follow us on Twitter @nyctsubway, @nyctbus, @lirr, @metronorth, and @mta.

Adjust your travel times if you can.

Rush hours look different than they did before. We’re seeing the most people from 6-9 a.m. and from 3-5 p.m.

Try to travel outside of these hours. We’re also working with employers to stagger start times.

If you can stay home, do.

Consider contactless fare payment

If pay-per-ride works for you, consider using your contactless debit card, credit card or phone with our OMNY readers. Learn more. (Use our fare calculator to find your most cost-effective option.)

Know your last train times.

The subway system is closed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. so we can disinfect trains and stations. If you’re planning to travel after 11 p.m., check what time the last train is scheduled to leave your station. Monday, May 17, 24-hour subway service will resume. 

During your trip

Wear a mask or face covering.

It’s required, and it’s the right thing to do. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth. If you've forgotten your mask, we'll have some available at station booths—for kids and adults! You can also purchase a mask from PPE vending machines that we're testing in 10 stations.

Starting Monday, September 14, riders who refuse to wear a mask could get a $50 fine.

Give yourself space.

Move to a less crowded part of a train or platform. Wait for the next train or bus. Try using quieter bus stops and station entrances. If your trip is short, consider walking or biking if you can.


Clean your hands.

Bring hand sanitizer with you. There are yellow hand sanitizer dispensers in every station. Wash your hands when you get to your destination.

Pay attention to signs in stations.

You’ll see yellow signs and floor markings in stations. They're there to guide you through safely and show you how to keep safe social distance as much as possible. 

We’re here to help

Get help in real time

Visit a station Help Point or reach out to us on Twitter to talk with someone who can get you information during your trip.

Tell us about crowding

Use our online form to let us know where and when you see crowding. (Select "Complaint" as the type of feedback and you’ll see crowding options on the next screen.)


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