Governor Kathy Hochul right this moment introduced file ridership on Metropolitan Transportation Authority commuter railroads Wednesday, September 7. The Lengthy Island Rail Street surpassed 200,000 riders on a weekday for the primary time since March 2020, carrying 203,983 riders. Metro-North Railroad carried a file 179,268 riders on Wednesday, surpassing the railroad’s earlier file set on June 28 of 174,900.
“I’m proud to announce this new ridership milestone 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 stay up for constructing on this progress as we proceed working to return to pre-pandemic ridership ranges.”
Subways and buses additionally confirmed progress, carrying shut to 5 million riders the day earlier than New York Metropolis colleges opened. Subway ridership climbed practically 10 p.c in comparison with final week, carrying 3,440,418 riders, a 36.1 p.c improve from the comparable day in 2021. Ridership on buses was additionally robust with a preliminary whole 1,313,658 riders, anticipated to rise by roughly 15 p.c when the rider depend is full.
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber mentioned, “Mass transit is the lifeblood of New York, and most reasonably priced solution to get round. It’s one of the best ways for folks to expertise the whole lot New York has to supply. With college students, lecturers and workplace employees now returning all through the area, we hope to maintain this progress going and attain extra milestones within the weeks to return.”
Metro-North President and Lengthy Island Rail Street Interim President Catherine Rinaldi mentioned, “The commuter railroads stay probably the most handy solution to get to New York Metropolis from Lengthy Island, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. For purchasers who’re returning after some time, commuting has by no means been simpler. Prospects can now use the brand new all-in-one TrainTime app to buy tickets, plan journeys, view prepare capability, and observe trains for each commuter railroads. And with the fare reductions we rolled out earlier this yr, taking the prepare is a no brainer.”
New York Metropolis Transit President Richard Davey mentioned, “At the moment’s ridership bump alerts that New Yorkers belief subways and buses to get them the place they should go. With some New Yorkers returning to their commutes for the primary time shortly, NYC Transit workers shall be within the system serving to riders, or just saying welcome again.”
In preparation for the brand new college yr, the MTA deployed additional buses all through all 5 boroughs on weekdays for the remainder of the varsity 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 shall be accessible for the primary 4 days of faculty, Sept. 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 its contactless fare fee system OMNY that put a cap on weekly subway and bus fares. The fare-capping pilot features a “Fortunate 13” function the place, beginning with the thirteenth experience of every week, each further experience on subways or buses is free for the remainder of that week.
On the commuter rail, each LIRR and Metro-North rolled out fare choices together with a ten p.c 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 p.c on common peak one-way fares. For commuter rail riders touring inside the 5 boroughs the MTA additionally expanded Metropolis Ticket, which affords a decreased, flat fare of $5.00 for rail journey inside New York Metropolis on weekends, to incorporate all weekday off-peak trains.