Understaffed U.S. Transit Agencies Adjust Services as Omicron Surges | Top News

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Transportation agencies across the U.S. are suspending or reducing service due to COVID-19 staff shortages as the Omicron variant surges nationwide.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)suspended three New York City subway lines this week – one on Wednesday and two others on Thursday – due to understaffing, though all stations remain open, according to MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan.

For the second day in a row, the United States had a record number of new reported cases based on the seven-day average, with more than 290,000 new infections reported each day, a Reuters tally showed, as U.S. officials weigh the impact of the more transmissible Omicron variant.

“We’ve been working carefully to make sure we’re able to keep to our schedules,” Krecic said, adding that ridership has remained high in recent weeks despite Omicron concerns.

Metrolink spokesperson Laurene Lopez said the agency has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases among employees and contractors this week.

(Reporting by Danielle Kaye; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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