Hurricane Sandy (2012)

Transit plan: End overnight subways to speed up repairs

Shut down the subway overnight in the city that never sleeps?

That was among the recommendations made Thursday by an influential think tank, which proposed ending New York City's vaunted 24-hour subway service as a way to help save a public transit system groaning with age and in dire need of costly upgrades more easily performed on silent tracks in the dead of night.

"The era of 24-hour subway service has come to an end," said Tom Wright, president of the Regional Plan Association, which included the recommendation in a broader set of proposals to shore up outdated infrastructure in and around the nation's biggest city.

The initial reaction of many New...

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