An estimated 4,400 boats, trains and buses will participate at 3 p.m.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated July 14, 2020
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The soundtrack of New York City — meaning the rumble of its buses, ferries and trains — will make even more noise today to honor their workers who transport first responders to and from work amid the coronavirus.

At 3 p.m., two one-second blasts will be heard throughout the city’s streets as thousands of drivers across the city blow their horns. Included in the moment are New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC Ferry and other regional bus and ferry operators, according to a press release.

The horn honking initiative is sparked by the #HeroesMovingHeroes campaign, which aims to honor the essential transportation workers who bring other essential workers — like medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees and childcare workers — to and from their places of employment.

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“Our region’s frontline transit employees deserve all the thanks and recognition we can give them right now,” NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett said in a statement. “They are moving essential personnel like hospital workers, first responders, and others who are literally working to save lives. By extension, these frontline transit employees are also helping to save lives, and performing a vital public service.”

An estimated 4,400 boats, trains and buses will be a part of the moment of unity. The sound of horns will be heard from New Jersey to Long Island as transportation workers in and out of the city partake.

“Our employees are heroes,” MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a statement. “They are courageously coming to work each day to perform their essential duties, which are critically important to this region during the pandemic. We hope this action will draw attention to their efforts and help further our employees’ spirit of solidarity with all New Yorkers.”

Those who catch video of the horns blowing are encouraged to post on social media with the hashtag #SoundThe Horn.

New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, is coming together to honor the people who are on the frontlines of the battle. From lighting its skyline blue for healthcare workers to neighbors hosting exercise classes on their balconies, New Yorkers are coming together in countless unique and thoughtful ways.

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