As millions of Americans work from home and avoid going out because of the coronavirus pandemic drags on, public transit systems feeling the pinch across the country are asking the federal government for a bailout that could be in the billions.Thursday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. had reached over 9,400 with at least 150 deaths, with the highest number of coronavirus infections in New York, Washington, and California.Government officials have told Americans in an attempt to slow the outbreak to avoid groups of more than 10 people and the elderly to stay home while a pointed reminder was given to millennials to follow the guidelines and avoid social gatherings.CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNAs officials throughout the country have urged people to work from home, ordered restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery options, and closed schools, the nations’ public transit agencies have recorded a precipitous drop in ridership.In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs New York City’s subway, bus, and two commuter railroads that shuttle riders to the suburbs in Long Island and points north of the city. People following the advice of medical experts to stay home has left the agency in a self-described “financial calamity.”

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