Data shows that within a week of the Labor Day holiday, New YorkSubwayDaily passenger traffic twice exceeded 4 million. However, withpandemicCompared with the previous situation, there is still a big gap.
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Statistics show that under the combined effect of the resumption of work after the holidays and the reopening of schools, the one-day passenger flow of the subway on September 12 and 14 exceeded 4 million twice, and on September 12, the bus Passenger flow reached 1.4 million. … Since the outbreak, the MTA’s daily ridership has surpassed the 4 million mark only seven times. However, this number has reached only 69% of pre-pandemic levels. At that time, the MTA’s daily ridership often exceeded 5.5 million passengers. New York City Transit Director Richard Dewey said that citizens’ travel patterns are stabilizing.
The data also shows that the travel habits of New Yorkers have changed after the pandemic. For example, more and more people choose to take the subway during “lunch time” between 10 am and 4 pm. Before the epidemic, the passenger flow during the “afternoon period” accounted for 27% of the total passenger flow throughout the day, but now, this proportion has reached 29%.
Rider fares are an important source of revenue for the MTA, so the return of riders would be a boon to the MTA’s financial pressures. David said it was a good sign that ridership had not declined again due to last month’s fare increase.
However, the actual number of riders may be higher as the MTA depends on its calculations of the number of paying riders. The MTA said fare evasion has doubled from before the pandemic, and estimates that more than a quarter of bus riders have not paid for various reasons. In 2022, passengers avoiding subway fares will suffer a loss of 285 million yuan. With the “running and leakage” of buses, suburban commuter railways and bridge and tunnel toll stations, the MTA’s total losses will reach 700 million yuan.
David said that if fare evaders are included, he estimates that the actual passenger flow of New York public transportation could be closer to 80% of pre-pandemic levels. Previously, the MTA hired the consulting firm McKinsey to assess its passenger flow situation. Under the most ideal circumstances, the MTA’s passenger flow will return to 88% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2026, according to the latest assessment results.