There are more riders depending on the NYC subway to get around. Wow, who would have guessed? The captain obvious news comes from the American Public Transportation Association’s report that was released yesterday. According to the report, the NYC subway had the fifth highest jump amongst major subway & railroad systems throughout the U.S.
The NYC subway has seen a 3.9% increase in ridership over the first half of 2007 compared to the same period last year. The amount of rides taken so far this year is around the 1 billion mark. Yes, I said 1 BILLION! I have to admit the number made me take a step back & think about it for a minute. I would love to get the final tally for this year. Hopefully that information will be made public one day.
However the NYC subway was not the only form of local mass transit to make the list. The Port Authority’s PATH service finished second with a whopping 7% increase in ridership. Not to be forgotten about, the MTA’s Staten Island Railway checked in third with a 6% increase in ridership. The one form of transportation in our area that saw a decrease was bus service. Bus service dropped by half a percent during the first half of the year.
NYC Transit spokesman Paul Fleuranges chimed in with a few comments about why we have such a drastic increase in ridership:
“Each day, New Yorkers vote with their MetroCards to the tune of 7.2 million ride. We are carrying more customers today than we have in 35 years.”
This pretty much shows why the MTA must step up its game & provide better services & facilities for an increasing ridership that helps run this city.