Homeless removed from subway take shelter from the cold in stationary buses
It’s a bus to nowhere.
The MTA is parking buses outside some shuttered subway stations to provide shelter from the weekend cold snap for homeless people rousted from the subways for the new, nightly 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. deep cleanings.
A limited number of the buses were posted Saturday morning outside several end-of-line stations, including at the Stillwell Avenue station in Coney Island — the southernmost terminal in the system.
The lone bus parked thereafter at 1 a.m. Saturday was pitch dark and unheated, and the interiors of its windows quickly fogged up with the breath of 16 homeless men and women.
At one point, a woman sprinted off the bus while screaming, “Don’t touch me!” She ran across Stillwell Avenue and out of sight.
It wasn’t a luxury hotel, but it was the best the MTA could offer, one transit worker at the scene told The Post.
“The city needs to take care of this,” he said of his shivering charges, noting the evening’s 37-degree temperature and freezing rain.
“We have buses,” he shrugged of the spare accommodations. “We’re a transportation company — this is what we got.”
The bus was watched by Triborough Bridge-Tunnel Authority Police and city-contracted outreach teams from the nonprofit BRC.
The night before, homeless rousted by cops for the 1 a.m. cleaning found no outreach workers outside the Herald Square subway station.
“Given the forecast of unseasonably cold weather this weekend, the MTA during the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday will be providing a limited number of buses at end-of-line stations,” interim transit president Sarah Feinberg and Transit Workers Union Local 100 president Tony Utano explained in a joint statement.
“We are providing these buses only during this cold snap and expect the city to continue to step up and take responsibility for providing safe shelter for those individuals experiencing homelessness. As we have stated many times, we are transportation providers, not a social services agency.”
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