New York City transit chief Sarah Feinberg blamed the media Sunday for low subway ridership — claiming news outlets stoked fears about contracting COVID-19 on trains.
“[The subway system] was really ill-served by some of the early coverage of the pandemic,” said Feinberg, the MTA’s interim transit president, in an interview with ABC 7, referencing news footage at the time of packed subway trains.
“So I think people started thinking, the last place I want to be is in a crowded subway car,” she said.
Feinberg said data shows that — despite more than 28,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Big Apple over the past year — public transportation isn’t a hot spot for transmitting the virus.
“Well, fast forward a year, there’s now been study after study that shows that the subway system, the transit system, not just in New York but really everywhere, is really not a place that’s vectoring the virus,” she told the station — without referencing specific