2013 Ridership Reaches 65-Year High
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Annual subway ridership of 1.708 billion is now the highest since 1949, and weekday ridership of 5.5 million is the highest since 1950. Weekend subway ridership was 5.8 million and has surpassed the highest ever ridership in 1946. Of note, total annual ridership increased 3.2% from 2012 to 2013, partially due to the five weekdays in 2012 with no service or free fares following Superstorm Sandy. However, even adjusting for Sandy, 2013 ridership increased more than 1.0% over 2012. Average weekday ridership increased 1.6% from 2012, excluding the five weekdays in 2012 with no service or free fares after Sandy. Weekend ridership increased even more at a 2.5% clip.
Some other tidbits include:
Brooklyn had the largest borough-wide average weekday ridership percentage increase (2.4% or more than 27,000 riders per weekday), driven by strong growth on the Canarsie Crosstown and Culver lines, as well as at the Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr station.