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tdawg Dec 11, 2015 8:36 PM

NYC Subway breaks single day record
Saw this on Curbed:

NYC Subway Broke Its Single-Day Ridership Record In October
Friday, December 11, 2015, by Amy Plitt

We all know the subway is crowded, but this is something else: October 29 was the single highest day for subway ridership since the MTA began keeping track in the 1980s, with more than 6.2 million straphangers riding the rails that day—6,217,621, to be exact. That's 50,000 more people than on the last record-breaking day, October 30, 2014.

According to the New York Daily News, October was overall a record month for the subway system: There were more than 15 days that month when single-day ridership went above 6 million people, and average weekend ridership was higher than it has been in 45 years. And, according to the MTA's release, "approximately 80,000 more customers rode the subway on an average October 2015 weekday than just a year earlier—enough to fill more than 50 fully-loaded subway trains." So if you feel like you're constantly being smushed into a car on your morning commute…that's why.

In the same statement, MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast said, "Our challenge is to maintain and improve the subways even as growing ridership puts more demands on the system." Now that the MTA actually has a funding plan (albeit a not-so-great one), let's just hope they can actually keep up with it, eh?

yankeesfan1000 Dec 12, 2015 12:55 AM

And yet they continue to cry poverty.

Millennium2002 Dec 12, 2015 10:16 AM

Naive thinking much?

NYC may be seeing momentary spikes in ridership, but it doesn't mean they're instantly making billions more that could then be used to fund the list of necessary capital projects and good maintenance.

yankeesfan1000 Dec 12, 2015 1:02 PM

This isn't a "momentary spike." Ridership has increased every single year since 1992, from less than a billion annual riders to just over 1.75B last year. This is anything but a momentary spike.

Citylover94 Dec 12, 2015 2:20 PM

That still doesn't mean they are making the billions needed to take care of a system as old and expansive as New York's. The cost of maintenance and ADA projects alone probably uses more than what they are making in increased revenue.

Nouvellecosse Dec 12, 2015 4:27 PM

It really depends on what he farebox recovery ratio is. If it's under 100% then you're actually losing more and more money as the ridership increases. Of course, the recovery ratio may improve as ridership increases since it can lead to things like fuller buses and trains while they're paying the same amount for the operator. But still, very few world system, including very busy ones, have a recovery ratio of 100% or more.

NorthernDancer Dec 13, 2015 4:35 AM


Originally Posted by yankeesfan1000 (Post 7267364)
And yet they continue to cry poverty.

What's high ridership got to do with "crying poverty"? You know that NYC transit only recovers something like 50-60% of it's operating costs through the farebox right?

mrnyc Dec 13, 2015 8:30 PM


Originally Posted by NorthernDancer (Post 7268464)
What's high ridership got to do with "crying poverty"? You know that NYC transit only recovers something like 50-60% of it's operating costs through the farebox right?

incorrect. more like 60-70%. for example, riders covered 68% in 2014. and for comparison its in the low 40s% in chicago and high 30s% in boston.

mta riders cover more than any other major transit system.

Nouvellecosse Dec 14, 2015 2:08 AM

That's not true. It isn't even has high as the TTC which has a ratio of over 70%. Besides, glancing around the web, the MTA only seems to be in the 50s from what i can see.

mrnyc Dec 14, 2015 2:15 AM

then what you're 'glancing' at is incorrect. btw it was 63.6% in 2013, so ridership burden went up a bit last year.

mrnyc Dec 14, 2015 12:49 PM

its always a fun surprize to catch the old train cars - but you can plan for it:

MTA offers holiday vintage train rides

December 11, 2015 5:58 PM
BROOKLYN - Those wishing to experience how it felt to ride trains of yesteryear may look no further than their typical subway stops.

Throughout the year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority normally offers special scheduled nostalgia rides on trains from the mid-1900s at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.

But this year's holiday experience is a little different, as the trains are rolling into normal subway stations to surprise waiting straphangers.

More on News 12: Transportation

The vintage trains will run every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this month. They're available on the F and M lines from Queens Plaza to Second Avenue in Manhattan.

Nexis4Jersey Dec 19, 2015 4:59 AM

The Last 9/11 PATH Railcar Delivery (JFK Airport to Kingston, NY)⁴ᴷ

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mrnyc Dec 20, 2015 3:14 PM

a brief overview of the 2nd avenue subway project:

mrnyc Dec 20, 2015 3:19 PM


More than 2,000 MTA workers make harassment complaints against riders

By Rebecca Harshbarger December 18, 2015

More than 2,000 MTA workers filed harassment complaints against subway and bus riders over a year, according to transit data released Thursday.

Transit workers filed 2,176 harassment complaints — which can include kicking, cursing, and spitting — with the NYPD in a 12-month period that ended Oct. 31. Harassment reports are up 11% from the 1,953 complaints filed in the 12-month period before.

More recently, a track worker was attacked about 4:20 a.m. this week by a rider who urinated on him at the 135th Street subway station, according to transit documents.
He was evaluated at Harlem Hospital following the incident.

Subway worker assaults are up this year, while a decline in attacks on bus drivers have pushed overall transit worker assaults down 18%, from 109 to 89, according to the MTA.
However, one veteran bus driver in the Bronx was hospitalized after he was punched in the kidney by a woman when he honked at her for standing in the street.

“I’ve been cussed out, I’ve had guns pulled on me, I’ve been hit with rocks,” said Rudolph, who did not want his last name released. “They don’t know the magnitude of our job.”
He would like to see a greater NYPD presence on MTA buses to help drivers.

“A lot of operators get a lot of flak,” he added. “It’s a trickle-down effect” because of riders’ frustrations with the system, he said.

The MTA denounced any attacks on workers.

“Any attack on our employees is an attack on all of us,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. “We remain committed to the safety and security of our employees and will continue to work with the NYPD to track down these criminals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

mrnyc Dec 20, 2015 3:47 PM

from amny:

Port Authority poised to lead $14B Gateway Tunnel Project

By Candice Ruud December 17, 2015

The Port Authority is poised to take a lead role in the multiagency effort to build a new rail tunnel from New Jersey into Manhattan and refurbish the decaying 105-year-old tunnel badly damaged in superstorm Sandy.

The board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey took the first step last week by agreeing to create a development corporation that would include representation from the Port, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Creation of the corporation is expected to help expedite the so-called Gateway Tunnel Project, an effort that could take 10 years and cost about $14 billion, officials said. The federal government has said it will pay for half of the project, but how it will be financed by local governments hasn’t been determined.

The tunnel project is part of the larger Gateway Program for rail improvements along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor from Newark Penn Station to Penn Station in Manhattan, all of which is expected to cost about $20 billion. The urgency of replacing and renovating the Hudson River tunnel has been underscored in recent months, especially by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has led efforts to get the project funded and organized.

Schumer said the existing tunnel, a crucial link in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, could be non-functional in as little as seven years.

“Everyone thought they had 20 or 30 years, and then Sandy came along and made it much much worse, so we really had to move,” Schumer said.

Port Authority executive director Pat Foye and members of the board said expediting the tunnel is regionally necessary.

“Given the cost, financial and perhaps more importantly the potential environmental cost of delay, it is imperative that together we find a way to accelerate permitting of this project,” Foye told the board last week. “One only needs to imagine the transportation and environmental impact to this region of 200,000 daily travelers having to turn to cars and buses to recognize how important the replacement of these tunnels is.”

The century-old tunnel into Penn Station and its two tracks are used by 450 trains and 200,000 Amtrak and New Jersey Transit riders every weekday, and it’s a vital link in the Northeast Corridor, which gets 750,000 passengers every weekday. Constructing the new tunnel first would allow the existing tunnel to be taken out of service while it’s renovated without disrupting commuters. When the project is complete, there will be four tracks from New Jersey into Manhattan.

The tunnel has made headlines for service problems since Sandy, and failure of high-voltage cables this summer led to major disruptions, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said. “We all got to see in pretty up-close-and-personal terms what we mean when we say that the tunnel will suffer reliability issues with increasing frequency the longer we go without constructing a new tunnel,” Schulz said.

The development corporation will enable the agencies to leverage their combined resources and expertise, he said. “It brings together the people working on this critically important project, and puts them basically under one roof,” he said.

Several breakthroughs in the federal transportation bill will help fund the tunnel project and the larger Gateway Program, Schumer announced earlier this month. “If we don’t get this tunnel done on time it will cause a recession in the New York and New Jersey area,” Schumer said.

Amtrak has already spent $300 million on the Gateway Program, Schulz said, including building a concrete casing for the new tunnel in the Hudson Yards in Manhattan, which allows the agency to preserve the underground right of way that will bring the new tunnel directly into Penn Station.

mrnyc Dec 20, 2015 4:04 PM

lots of old photos of the subway

mrnyc Dec 20, 2015 4:11 PM

recent ridership news via amny:

NYC subway ridership breaks record in October, helped by World Series, Halloween parade

By REBECCA HARSHBARGER December 10, 2015

Commuters are still feeling pain underground from subway Almost 50,000 subway delays on weekdays in 1 month: MTA data

It's not your imagination -- the subway is getting more intimate.

More riders packed onto subway trains on one day in October this year than any other since the MTA started keeping daily records-- shattering the previous sardine-can record from last year by more than 50,000 passengers, data shows.

More than 6.2 million people rode the mobbed subway on Oct. 29, the last Thursday of that month. It is the equivalent of more than 50 crowded subway trains over the MTA's previous record of 6,167,165 riders.

New York City Transit began keeping daily ridership records in 1985, but officials believe subway ridership was the highest in New York City history in the late 1940s.

"The relentless growth in subway ridership shows how this century-old network is critical to New York's future," said MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast in a statement.

The average weekday subway ridership in October was 5.97 million people, the highest in more than four decades. Weekend ridership that month was also sky-high, according to the MTA.

On Halloween, a Saturday, more than 3.7 million people took to the subway to go to the parade in the Village and a Mets World Series game.

The greatest ridership spikes have been in northern Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick, which has seen an increase of almost 15,000 passengers a day. Lower Manhattan below the Chambers Street stop has also seen more than 12,000 new straphangers daily this year.

The subway system added almost 450,000 riders between 2010 and 2014, the equivalent of the entire city of Miami or Raleigh.

To cope with the cramped trains, the MTA recently added a new station on 34th Street and 11th Avenue, to serve new developments coming to the far west side of Manhattan.

The Second Avenue Subway will open next year, bringing three new stations to the Upper East Side. The line is expected to be used by 200,000 riders daily, and take pressure off the Lexington Avenue line.

NorthernDancer Dec 25, 2015 2:52 AM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7268892)
mta riders cover more than any other major transit system.


Nexis4Jersey Dec 25, 2015 11:06 AM

Under Times Square & Another Straight Flush On The 7

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A Peek At Hudson Yards & A Straight Flush On The 7

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mrnyc Dec 28, 2015 8:51 PM


Originally Posted by NorthernDancer (Post 7280473)


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