Governor Kathy Hochul immediately introduced that New York Metropolis subway and buses carried greater than 5 million riders on the primary day of college for New York Metropolis public faculties. Subways set a ridership document on Thursday, September 9, carrying 3,641,033 riders, a 34.8 % improve from the comparable day in 2021. The document set is the best day of subway ridership because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, 2020. Bus ridership hit the 1.4 million-mark Thursday, with a preliminary whole of 1,412,574 riders, which is predicted to rise by roughly 15 % when the rider depend is full.
“I’m pleased with our record-breaking ridership numbers as we welcome New Yorkers again to high school and work this week,” Governor Hochul mentioned. “Public transportation is the lifeblood of New York Metropolis, and we’ll construct on this progress as we proceed working to return to pre-pandemic ridership ranges.”
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber mentioned, “College students and lecturers are among the many most loyal transit riders. Anybody who grew up within the metropolis will keep in mind their first MetroCard and taking the prepare or bus with their household or mates. We’re completely happy to have college students again on mass transit and are inspired by the progress ridership has made throughout the first full week of September.”
New York Metropolis Transit President Richard Davey mentioned, “NYC Transit has ready for the return of scholars all summer time, and we’re completely happy to have them again. We’re taking a look at methods to extend the frequency of buses and trains and cut back journey occasions to ensure everybody makes it to high school in time for first interval.”
The subway document follows a pair of ridership information on the commuter railroads. The Lengthy Island Rail Highway surpassed 200,000 riders on a weekday for the primary time since March 2020, carrying 203,983 riders on September 7. On that very same day, Metro-North Railroad carried a document 179,268 riders, surpassing the railroad’s earlier document set on June 28 of 174,900.
In preparation for the brand new faculty yr, the MTA deployed additional buses all through all 5 boroughs on weekdays for the remainder of the college yr. Moreover, the MTA is offering buyer ambassadors within the Bronx to assist college students, their households and caregivers navigate the brand new Bronx Native Bus Community Redesign routes which started in June. Ambassadors can be accessible for the primary 4 days of college, September 8, 9, 12, and 13.
The MTA continues to encourage ridership with fare reductions rolled out earlier this yr.
The Authority launched a fare-capping pilot on subways and buses by way of its contactless fare cost system OMNY that put a cap on weekly subway and bus fares. The fare-capping pilot features a “Fortunate 13” characteristic the place, beginning with the thirteenth experience of every week, each extra experience on subways or buses is free for the remainder of that week.
On commuter rail, each LIRR and Metro-North rolled out fare choices together with a ten % low cost for month-to-month passes, and a brand new 20-trip ticket tailor-made for the hybrid work schedule. The brand new 20-trip ticket saves riders 20 % on common peak one-way fares. For commuter rail riders touring throughout the 5 boroughs the MTA additionally expanded Metropolis Ticket, which presents a lowered, flat fare of $5.00 for rail journey inside New York Metropolis on weekends, to incorporate all weekday off-peak trains.