3 New York City subway lines suspended due to COVID staff shortage, tests offered at some stations

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – MTA opens COVID test sites in busy subway stations, as some subway lines are forced to suspend operations due to understaffing.

The B and Z metro lines are connected to W, now both suspended due to lack of staff in coronavirus.

W was suspended all Wednesday and is also suspended Thursday.

The MTA announced Thursday that the B and Z lines would also be suspended until Thursday.

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The MTA tweeted, referring to the B-line suspension: “Like everyone else in New York, we have been affected by the COVID increase. We run as much train service as we can with the operators we have available. As an alternative, use Q trains in Brooklyn and D trains in Manhattan and the Bronx. “

Riders are encouraged to use the N train in Queens or an R train in Manhattan instead of the W line. The Z-line service is also suspended, riders can use the J-line.

Meanwhile, there will be seven COVID test sites inside subway stations, including Times Square, Grand Central, Penn Station, Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, East 180th in the Bronx, Roosevelt Avenue and Jamaica 179th in Queens.

The locations Penn Station and 179th Street will close for New Year’s Eve, and they will all be closed for New Year’s Day.

The MTA says the tests are available to anyone who wants them, including illegal immigrants and tourists.
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