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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Aug. 30 will end the overnight for-hire vehicle program it put in place in May to offer alternative service during overnight subway closures that are necessary to facilitate enhanced cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program served about 1,500 riders per night who faced excessively lengthy trips as a result of the subway closures, MTA officials said in a press release.
The program has cost the MTA over $6 million, with an average cost per trip of $49. The MTA cited high costs as the reason for the ending the program.
“Given our significant financial challenges, we are unfortunately no longer able to provide this service to the limited number of people it was serving sporadically, and the even smaller population it was serving regularly,” said MTA New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg.
The MTA has added three bus routes that largely mirror some of the more frequented trips that the program users have been taking since the program launched.