Saturday, February 20, 2010

If You Don't Have a Job in NYC, You Don't Take the Subway as Often

The NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority recorded 2.31 billion rides in 2009, officials said Friday, according to NYT. That's a drop of 2.7% from the 2008 numbers.

The drop was the first decline since 2003, another period of economic decline.

Subway ridership fell the most in Manhattan, particularly in the Midtown business district, a drop that transit officials attributed in part to higher unemployment fueled by rounds of layoffs in the major industries, like media and finance, that have headquarters in the area. All five boroughs saw small declines in bus and subway ridership.

Weekday ridership fell 5 percent on the Long Island Rail Road, 4.2 percent on Metro-North and 3.6 percent on PATH trains, according to NYT. Counter-trending was The Staten Island Ferry where ridership climbed by 5.3 percent.

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