MTA again sees record levels of ridership on subway, LIRR
'A sign the city is returning to a sense of normalcy'
The MTA announced Thursday that it again set pandemic-era public transportation ridership records, with 3.875 million riders Wednesday on the New York City subway, a new high adding 100,000 more riders to the previous high set one day earlier, and 204,600 riders on the Long Island Rail Road, topping the previous record set on Wednesday, Sept. 7, of 204,000.
“Busy trains are a sign that the city is returning to a sense of normalcy,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow. “Mass transit is the fastest and easiest way to get around the city, and we’re seeing more and more people learning that every day. Riders are showing they’re confident in the subway system to get them where they need to be.
“We are thrilled to see consistent ridership growth with riders using the railroad to get to school and work, but also all of the concerts, games and special events happening in New York City,“ said Metro-North President and Long Island Rail Road Interim President Catherine Rinaldi.
The ridership records come as the authority’s contactless fare payment system, OMNY, registered 1.445 million OMNY taps Wednesday, which was also a record high. OMNY registered its 500 millionth tap on Sept. 15.
Metro-North Railroad ridership remains strong, carrying more than 188,000 riders for the second straight day.
OMNY, or One Metro New York, debuted to the public in 2019 as a pilot phase at 19 subway stations and on Staten Island buses. The rollout of the contactless system was completed in December 2020, with all 472 subway stations and the entirety of the MTA’s 5,800 bus fleet is now equipped with approximately 15,000 OMNY readers.
The authority launched the OMNY fare-capping pilot on subways and buses earlier this year. The fare-capping pilot includes a “Lucky 13” feature where, starting with the 13th ride of each week, every additional ride on subways or buses is free for the rest of that week.
On the commuter rail, both LIRR and Metro-North continue to offer fare discount packages, including a 10 percent discount for monthly passes, and a new 20-trip ticket tailored for the hybrid work schedule.
For commuter rail riders traveling within the five boroughs (including trips from the LIRR’s Atlantic Avenue terminal in Brooklyn to Eastern Queens), the MTA also expanded City Ticket, which offers a reduced, flat fare of $5.00 for rail travel within New York City on weekends, to include all weekday off-peak trains.
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