Harlem, Boroughs Win

Monday, March 09, 2009

Anyone who has been commuting from the Bedford Avenue L stop for the past 10 years must have noticed something funny happening. Not only has the platform, once pretty civilized, has become become painfully crowded, but when the train comes, there's no room to squeeze on. The nonpartisan think tank Center for an Urban Future has found Williamsburg is hardly the only place in the city where that is happening. Of the 22 stations that have seen the most rapid increases in ridership, in percentage terms, between 1998 and 2008, 20 of them are in the outer boroughs or upper Manhattan.

Here are the top 10:

1. Manhattan: Lexington Avenue-63 St (F)
2. Manhattan: Bowery (J,M,Z)
3. Brooklyn: Park Place (S)
4. Manhattan: 116 St (2,3)
5. Queens: 21 St-Queensbridge (F)
6. Manhattan: Harlem-148 St (3)
7. Manhattan: 125 St (2,3)
8. Queens: 45 Rd-Court House Sq (7)
9. Manhattan: 145 St (3)
10. Brooklyn: Avenue U (N)

But counting the actual number of new riders each station is seeing, that list would be topped by Times Square, Union Square and Herald Square.

For the full report, go here.


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