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MTA says subway ridership continues to plummet
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:22:24 AM »
MTA figures released late Friday show that subway ridership continued to plummet this summer.

Weekend ridership plummeted, falling 8.8 percent in August 2018 compared to the same month the year before. That tallies out to half-a-million fewer MetroCard swipes each weekend.

Meanwhile, weekday ridership continued to fall as well, dropping 2.5 percent in August 2018.

“People see all these diversion notices and get discouraged. They leave the station and get an Uber,” said Andrew Albert, the riders rep on the MTA board.

That’s not the end of the bad news. The MTA warned its board in the documents that the weekday ridership drops may be accelerating, noting the year-to-year decline was “a larger decline than during the second quarter of 2018.”

The three-year decline in subway ridership has had a significant impact on the MTA’s operating budget,” state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found in an audit released last week. “Subway and bus ridership in 2019 is projected to be 236 million rides lower than the MTA projected three years ago, which could result in a cumulative revenue loss of $822 million from 2016 through 2019.”

The subway system’s new boss, Andy Byford, has proposed a $37 billion plan to overhaul the system — including replacing the decades-old, oft-broken train signaling system. However, it remains unfunded.