The MTA has resumed the W train service starting today after a surge in COVID cases in New York City depleted the agency’s staff and forced temporary service cuts.
With this final service resumed today, all COVID-led shutdowns have now been successfully restored for travel. In a similar fashion, the MTA had announced the resuming of the B and Z services as well.
On Sunday, while announcing the comeback of the W service, the MTA said only 7% of its train operators and conductors are now out with COVID, down from 14% at the time of the service suspensions. “Fortunately, the number of people unavailable due to COVID has eased in the last few days; therefore, we are able to restore service on the W, the last subway line suspended during the Omicron surge,” MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said in a statement.
For the first time this year, the weekday local will once again carry straphangers between Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan, starting today.