New York, NY —
Ridership on the city's subways and buses declined last year, the first drop since 2003. But the total was still the second-highest since 1969. New York City Transit said there were 2.31 billion rides last year, down more than 63 million rides from 2008. Officials attributed the decline to the tough economy. Transit advocate Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign says despite the decline, it's no time to reduce service. The MTA is considering service cuts to deal with a nearly $400 million dollar budget gap.