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Subway Ridership Hits 65-Year High

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:46 AM

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The Bedford Avenue L station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Kellan/flickr)

More people rode New York City's subways last year than any time since 1949 — and Brooklyn is one of the reasons for the boom.

It had the largest borough-wide average weekday ridership increase, with the L, F and G lines all experiencing substantial growth.

The MTA says last year's subway ridership of 1.7 billion was the highest since 1949, and weekday ridership of 5.5 million was the highest since 1950.

Bus ridership showed a bit of rebound in 2013 after five years of flat numbers. Annual ridership had been hovering around 120 million since 2008, but that number jumped to 125 million people last year.

The number will be hard for MTA Bus to match this year because of multiple snowstorms. New York City Transit president Carmen Bianco told authority board members that ridership decreased more than 9 percent in January 2014 compared to January 2013, which caused revenue from fares to drop by $1.9 million.

January subway ridership remained essentially the same as the year before. But the cost of running the subways and buses jumped by $33 million dollars during the month. Bianco said most of the money was spent on overtime as workers cleared tracks, put chains on bus wheels and generally kept the system up and running during the storms.

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JOSEPH P. WALL from Bronx

It is nothing unusual that transit ridership is sky high and way, way up since roughly 1949. The sky high ridership usually occours mainly during the morning and evening rush hours and it seems that sometimes the M.T.A cannot keep up with the spike in ridership. For example, one evening on the BX7 bus route in the Bronx as we hit the 215 Street-Broadway bus stop around six o!clock in the evening, people started charging in to the bus (which was one of the smaller oriorn V buses by the way. These oriorn V buses were rumored to be retired maybe to the nostalgia fleet). Management over at the Kingsbridge Bus depot where this particular bus route was assigned to did not have the sense to assign the larger articulated bus to this bus route and this bus (BX7) was delayed by several minutes leaving this particular bus stop as people kept on charging in to the bus like angry waves of water at the beach and finally after several minutes, people on the front stairwell got the sense to simply leave the bus go instead of delaying it any longer. The M.T.A should also have the sense to assign bus supervisors to bus stops like this one all over the city during rush hours before somebody gets hurt.

Mar. 25 2014 11:03 AM

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