Since the peak of the COVID-19 Omicron wave in New York, customers are again returning to transit, returning to the office and engaging in leisure activities and travel. Earlier this month, the MTA had the highest subway ridership since the beginning of the Omicron wave.

Additionally, Metro-North Railroad has increased weekday service, responding to an increase in ridership they look forward to welcoming even more Metro-North customers back to the system.
As a reminder, masks are still required on public transit, including inside stations, even for those who are vaccinated.

Subway Accessibility

Between projects to install elevators at more stations and modernize elevators already in the system, MTA teams are improving and increasing accessibility across the subway.
The 139th subway station was upgraded at 170 St. on the 4 line in The Bronx. Three new elevators and new tactile platform edge warnings, among other upgrades, give this station full ADA accessibility as well as an improved travel experience for all riders.

Elevator Replacement

MTA always has projects underway to replace older elevators in the system for safety and reliability. At 34th Street-Penn Station (1/2/3), work is wrapping up on EL215, which serves the 2/3 express platform. When that fully modernized elevator is placed back into service, work will begin on the two elevators (EL214 and EL216) that serve the uptown and downtown 1 local platforms. These elevators will remain out of service for approximately six months. There is no overnight express service at this station and all trains stop on the local platform overnight. For accessible overnight travel to Penn Station, use the 34th St-Penn Station (A/E) station.

Elevator replacement projects are underway at Grand Central-42 St (4/5/6), Church Avenue (2/5), Roosevelt Island (F), Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue/JFK Airport (E/J/Z), 34th Street—Herald Square (B/D/F/M/N/Q/R/W) and Inwood/207 St. (A). Each project has its own timeline and the service implications of an elevator replacement can vary based on the project and station layout. Check the website for information on elevator replacement projects as well as the elevator and escalator status page for real-time status information when planning accessible trips.

The contactless fare payment system, OMNY, is coming for reduced-fare customers, this year. MTA will reach out throughout the spring with more details on how to make the move to OMNY.

A weekly fare capping pilot for OMNY customers was recently launched. Under the weekly fare capping program, anyone who rides subways or local/select buses 12 times within a week (Monday through Sunday) can ride free for the rest of the week.
Access-A-Ride (AAR) Updates

A new assessment center was opened recently, providing additional availability to Queens AAR customers. The new center is located at Theradynamics Rehab Management (QU) in Queens Village.
More information is available by visiting