Public bathrooms at some of the city's busiest subway stations reopened at 7 a.m. Monday morning after having been closed for years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MTA says the closures during the pandemic allowed crews to renovate 18 restrooms at nine stations throughout the five boroughs.
The ones opening in the Bronx and Manhattan are located at East 180th Street, 161st Street—Yankee Stadium, 42nd Street—Bryant Park, 14th Street—Union Square, and Fulton Street.
In Queens and Brooklyn, bathrooms are reopening at Jackson Heights—Roosevelt Avenue, Forest Hills—71st Avenue, Jay Street—MetroTech, and the Kings Highway station on the B and Q lines.
“The pandemic created many challenges to providing faster, cleaner, safer service in the transit system,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “But as ridership continues to rebound, we’re pleased to provide relief to customers by reopening some bathrooms across the transit system. When customers have got to go on the go, we’ve now got them covered at select stations.”
The MTA says it has deep cleaned the restrooms and installed new features, including hand dryers, soap dispensers, and motion-activated faucets.
The bathrooms at these stations will open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the MTA.
Bathrooms will close for one hour each day for cleaning from noon to 1:00 p.m.