NYC subway ridership surpasses 1 billion for first time since 2019

The New York Metropolis subway carried over 1 billion folks this yr, marking a significant milestone within the Large Apple’s pandemic restoration.  

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) introduced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) served its billionth buyer for the yr on Tuesday morning.  

“We’ve been working exhausting to deliver clients again by offering safer, cleaner, and quicker service, and hitting one billion riders in 2022 is proof that our work is paying off,” Hochul stated. “New Yorkers and vacationers alike proceed to flock to the subway, proving there is no such thing as a higher method to get round New York Metropolis than mass transit.” 

On a typical weekday earlier than the pandemic, the New York Metropolis subway transported over 5 million folks. However ridership plummeted in 2020 after COVID-19 reached the 5 boroughs forcing companies and colleges to shut.  

In March of that yr, subway utilization tapped in at solely 12 % of 2019 numbers, in keeping with New York state knowledge.  

Tuesday’s subway ridership marks the primary time the general public transit system has served over one billion clients in a yr since 2019.  

“Simply in time for the vacation season, serving one billion subways riders in 2022 is a milestone value celebrating,” stated New York Metropolis Transit President Richard Davey. “As we proceed to comply with our north star purpose of giving clients the absolute best expertise and welcoming them again to transit, I commend the ladies and men of New York Metropolis Transit, who present up each single day to hold thousands and thousands of New Yorkers and propel the town.” 

Whereas officers lauded the quantity, the New York Metropolis subway is serving far fewer passengers in comparison with pre-pandemic days.  

Final yr, the New York Metropolis subway carried 760 million clients and 640 million in 2020. And whereas officers lauded 2022’s numbers, the subway’s common day by day ridership continues to be hovering at round 60 % of what it was in 2019.  

That yr the general public transit system served 1.698 billion riders, in keeping with MTA knowledge.