NYC Subway Ridership Reaches Highest One-Day Total Since Pandemic Began
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said Thursday that the New York City Subway system carried 2,516,027 customers on June 16, or 44% of pre-pandemic era ridership. That’s the highest number since COVID-19 struck New York in March 2020, MTA said.
“The subway is a reflection of New York City at large, and more people moving around means more people are taking the subway,” said Demetrius Crichlow, EVP of subways for MTA New York City Transit. “To hit the 2.5 million mark at the start of the summer only makes us more optimistic about hitting major ridership milestones and reaching a full recovery.”
Prior to the pandemic, average weekday ridership totals routinely exceeded 5.5 million in the subway system. That figure fell by more than 90% to a low of roughly 300,000 daily trips last April as the number of COVID-19 cases peaked in the New York City area.