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It’s May and New York City is just now deep cleaning their subway trains

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On Wednesday, May 6, CBS News touted the “historic” overnight cleaning of subway cars in New York City.

The historic part being that the nation’s largest subway system shut down its normal round-the-clock service to disinfect the trains — stay-at-home orders have decreased ridership by as much as 90%.

“For the first time in 115 years, overnight subway service in New York City has been shut down to clean trains amid the pandemic,” read a tweet from the network.

The city began its lockdown in mid-March, closing schools, theaters, restaurants and bars. The subway was curtailed in late March, but is only now being stopped entirely from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day for cleaning.

“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was embarking on a historic and multi-pronged effort to make the subways a safer way to get around the city during and after the coronavirus pandemic,” CBS News reported.

Keep in mind, New York City remains the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak and has had over 171,00 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 5,400 deaths, according to NYC Health.

Meaning why would the city wait until now to start a “historic” effort to disinfect the subway cars?

This being a mystery on the same scale as understanding how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looked upon in the media as a more than suitable replacement for Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nominee while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is demonized.

Cuomo being in a state with 319,000 confirmed cases, along with 19,415 deaths, as of this writing, while DeSantis is from a state with nearly 2 million more people, but has had 37,000 cases and 1,539 deaths.

Speaking of Cuomo, he was on hand in “Corona Queens,” as he called the borough, to talk about his order to shut down the subway system for cleaning.

“This is such a monumental undertaking, I can’t even begin to describe it to you,” Cuomo said during a briefing at a Queens MTA facility. “The New York City subway system has never been closed. It operates 24 hours a day because we have a 24-hour city.”

“The MTA is going to literally disinfect every train,” he said. “It’s smart. It’s labor-intensive. People have to wear hazmat suits. They have a number of chemicals that disinfect, but literally, you have to go through the whole train with a misting device, with a spray disinfectant literally on every surface.”

Again, it’s May 6th and much of the country is beginning to initiate the first steps in reopening the country — Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday New York City is “not there yet to even begin to loosen up the restrictions.”

Considering the homeless in New York City have been squatting on subway cars amid the pandemic, CBS said: “outreach teams made up of officers and nurses are being sent to 29 end-of-line stations to roust homeless people from trains that are headed out of service for cleaning.”

At the same time, de Blasio goes on CNN to cry about financial losses and threaten to hold first responders and health care workers hostage if the city doesn’t get a federal bailout — he said he’ll have to start furloughing or laying off these essential municipal employees.

As for online responses, this one pretty much nails it: “Barn door securely fastened with horse miles away.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter — see if you pick up on a trend:

Tom Tillison


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