Public transportation is the spine of the New York Tri-State region and is
fundamental to the efficiency of New York’s labor market. The region’s core
was designed to be accessed by mass transit and current development and
infrastructure projects seek to further integrate neighborhoods with transit
resources. Even as ridership has plummeted due to rising unemployment and
shelter-in-place orders, the region’s transit network has continued to move
hundreds of thousands of essential workers every day. But for the Tri-State
region to fully return to business as usual, millions of workers will need to feel
comfortable resuming commutes on crowded trains, buses and ferries.