ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Unions representing New York transit workers are demanding better safety measures and more access to protective gear as more businesses and schools re-open their doors. MTA Chairman Patrick Foye told lawmakers at a Tuesday legislative hearing that subway ridership remains three-quarters below pre-pandemic levels. It’s an unprecedented drop for a mass transit system that once served over three-quarters of the nearly 4 million people who commuted to Manhattan each day. Union leaders acknowledge it’s a tough argument to make as the MTA estimates it’s losing about $200 million a week.
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