2013 Ridership Reaches 65-Year High

The NYC Transit ridership pages on www.mta.info have been updated to include 2013 ridership for both buses and subways.  

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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 L Subway Crosstown G Subway and Culver F Subway lines, as well as at the Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr station.

The Canarsie L Subway line had the largest percentage increase in the entire system (5.3% or more than 6,000 riders per weekday), continuing an on-going trend of strong growth on the line.  Ridership increased at every station on the line, including an 8.1% increase at the Bedford Av station.  Weekday ridership has increased at Bedford Av by more than 50% since 2007.  Ninety-eight weekly round trips were added to the L Subway line in 2012 and service will be increased again this June.
The Crosstown G Subway line had a 4.7% (more than 2,200 riders) weekday increase.   Ridership growth was strong at stations in the Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods, likely due to new residential development, as well as more travel between northern Brooklyn and activities in downtown Brooklyn (including the Barclays Center cited below).  Service on the G Subway line will be added this June.
The Culver F Subway line had a 4.5% (more than 4,200 riders) weekday increase, as riders returned to their normal stations following the reopening of the Smith-9 Sts station in April 2013, and return to normal service at the Fort Hamilton Pkwy and 15 St-Prospect Park stations.  In addition, strong ridership growth continued at the York St station with a 10.7% increase in 2013, reflecting continued development in DUMBO
The Atlantic Ave-Barclays Ctr station had an 11.8% (4,200 riders) weekday increase, reflecting a full year of activities at the Barclays Center which opened in September 2012.  Ridership at the nearby Fulton Street G Subway station increased 7.8%.
Ridership was strong in Harlem, including a 4.6% (2,600 riders) weekday increase on the Lenox 2 Subway3 Subway line segment.  
Post-Sandy reconstruction had an adverse effect on ridership on the Rockaway A SubwayS Subway line in Queens (down 17.6%) and the Broadway-60 St N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway line in Manhattan (down 4.5%). Normal Rockway line service was restored on May 30, 2013 after the connection with the mainland was completely rebuilt in the aftermath of Sandy.  Service was suspended through the Montague Street tunnel on the R Subway line starting August 3, 2013 for post-Sandy recovery work, affecting ridership on the Broadway-60 St line.    
Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr was the busiest station in Brooklyn in total annual and average weekend ridership, even though Jay Street-MetroTech A SubwayC SubwayF SubwayR Subway served more weekday riders. The busiest station in the Bronx was 161st Street-Yankee Stadium B SubwayD Subway4 Subway and the busiest station in Queens was Flushing-Main Street 7 Subway.