MTA Chair To Beachgoers: Public Transit ‘Not For Recreational Travel’

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA wants all beachgoers to avoid the trains and buses this Memorial Day weekend. 

The agency said Thursday that the trains and buses are running to serve essential workers in New York City.

“It is not for recreational travel to beaches,” MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye said in a statement.

“We understand people have been cooped up and are going to want to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, but Essential Service remains for essential workers and those making essential trips only,” Foye told New Yorkers. 

The message comes just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City beaches would be closed, causing some worry that locals would flock to Long Island and crowd beaches there. 

Nassau County lawmakers have voted to close at least one beach to visitors, except for Nassau residents.

Anyone who tries to head out east though, is also told to avoid public transportation. 

“Our workforce is undertaking heroic efforts to keep our region’s heroes moving, and to keep the public safe,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “We ask the public to help honor their efforts by avoiding public transportation.”

Police will be on hand “at key locations” to monitor crowds, Eng noted.

The NYPD has also announced anyone seen at the city beaches during the shutdown will not be permitted to go into the water beyond ankle height. 

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