New York leaders pledged to do it against a surge of people sleeping subway trains that were empty during the coronavirus crisis of the city.
Pictures and videos showing the homeless seeking refuge in the Big Apple’s underground transit system have circulated widely on social media this week, sparking outrage.
“The cars were filthy, they were disgusting, displaced folks were there together with all their belongings,” stated Governor Andrew Cuomo, lamenting a”deterioration” in the conditions of the community.
He ordered the body which conducts the subway, that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to come up with a plan to wash each train daily.
“Any crucial worker who shows up and gets on a train should know that train has been disinfected the evening before.”
“The trains need to be clean,” Cuomo told reporters, adding the displaced should also have the ability to get the services they require.
New York’s lockdown, implemented in mid-March, has resulted in a 90 percent drop in riders, freeing up space in stations and on trains.
The New York Post tabloid on Tuesday released a movie shot by a conductor which showed multiple people sleeping on benches in cars of a train.
Piles of luggage, bags, and boxes lay beside them.
“I gotta go to function in this. It is not making any sense,” the conductor, 25-year-old Torry Chalmers, could be heard saying.
It followed photographs published by rival tabloid the Daily News, which showed scenes.
With both passing the dollar for who’s responsible for investing at the metro that is much-maligned, the MTA has become the subject of a struggle between the mayor and the Senate for years.
In a column, the MTA’s acting president called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to not allow the underground to become a refuge for the homeless.
De Blasio declared a proposal this week to close ten end-of-line stations between midnight and 5 a.m. to allow carriages to be washed and authorities to empty stations of any homeless people.
It would also allow outreach workers to help move the homeless into shelters.
Overcrowding in the city’s lands has resulted in fears that COVID-19 could spread there.
Social networking users state they must go underground because of a lack of other choices, with cafes.