MTA faces financial struggles as riders stay away from public transportation

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The MTA is taking a financial hit as ridership has decreased during the global pandemic.

MTA chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a letter earlier this week that ridership is down 60% on subway, 90% on the Metro-North and 67% on the Long Island Rail Road.

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MTA chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a letter earlier this week that ridership is down 60% on subway, 90% on the Metro-North and 67% on the Long Island Rail Road.

The business is asking for $4 billion from the federal government to cover revenue loss and virus-related expenses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this isn't just an MTA problem.

"The ridership is down on the MTA, and the revenue is down on the MTA and say hello to every other public transit system in this United States of America," Cuomo says. "So it's going to have to be national response."

MTA officials say they are still operating so that nurses, doctors, first responders and others can get around and to practice other safety precautions during the outbreak.

The MTA says it is still operating normal weekday service and doing what it can to keep commuters safe.

Crews are disinfecting subways, buses and rail cars on a 72-hour cycle. Areas that are constantly touched are getting cleaned twice a day.

If buses or trains are crowded, officials are advising riders to wait for the next one.

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