New York's Subways Booming As Bus Ridership Continues Decline

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The New York City subway recorded 1.6 billion rides in 2011 — the system's highest number since 1950.

According to the New York MTA, which posted 2011 ridership figures to its website, midtown Manhattan continues to host the most popular stations in the system. Times Square-42nd Street came in at number one, Grand Central was second and stations along 34th Street occupied three separate spots on the top ten list.

Other trends of note: ridership to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens has almost doubled since a racino opened last year, the G train is increasingly popular, and the Yankees are more popular with straphangers than the Mets.

Although the subways are booming, bus ridership continues to drop — not surprising, given the MTA elimination of dozens of bus lines as a cost-cutting measure in June 2010.


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