NYC subway lines suspended due to COVID staffing shortage

The B, W, and Z lines remained canceled Friday and were running on a Saturday schedule due to the New Year's Eve holiday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

A day earlier, the agency canceled the lines due to staffing shortages related to the COVID surge hitting the city.

"W Service is Suspended. Like everyone in New York, we've been affected by the COVID surge. We're running as much train service as we can with the crews we have available. As an alternative, use an N train in Queens or an R train in Manhattan," wrote the MTA on Twitter.

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Several lines including the 2, 5, A and J were rerouted in an attempt to accommodate straphangers who rely on the canceled routes.

Operators were trying to run as many trains as possible. Suspensions and delays were anticipated to continue.