The Regional Plan Association said its four-and-a-half-hour, four-night-a-week shutdown would only affect 85,000 passengers, or about 1.5 percent of the total daily 5.7 million riders. The group also suggested offsetting the impact to straphangers by ramping up bus service along subway routes.
“We think the era of the 24/7 subway has come to an end,” Tom Wright, the president of the urban research and advocacy group, told Newsweek. Wright, who does not live in New York City, added that he knows the plan may sound "a little crazy."
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