Governor Kathy Hochul today announced record ridership on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter railroads on Wednesday, September 7. The Long Island Rail Road exceeded 200,000 weekday passengers for the first time since March 2020, carrying 203,983 passengers. Metro-North Railroad carried a record 179,268 passengers on Wednesday, surpassing the railroad’s previous record set on June 28 of 174,900.
“I am proud to announce this new traffic milestone as we welcome New Yorkers back to school and work this week,” Governor Hochul said. “Public transportation is the lifeblood of New York City, and we look forward to building on this progress as we continue to work to return to pre-pandemic ridership levels.”
Subways and buses also increased, carrying nearly five million passengers the day before New York’s schools opened. Metro ridership was up nearly 10% from last week, carrying 3,440,418 riders, a 36.1% increase from the same day in 2021. Bus ridership was also high with a preliminary total of 1,313,658 users, which should increase by about 15% when the number of users counts. is complete.
MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber said: “Public transit is New York’s lifeblood and the most affordable way to get around. It’s the best way for people to experience all that New York has to offer. Along with students, teachers, and office workers who are now returning across the region, we hope to continue this progress and achieve further milestones in the weeks ahead.”
Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North and Acting President of Long Island Rail Road, said: “Commuter railroads remain the most convenient way to get to New York from Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut. For customers returning after a while, travel has never been customers can now use the new all-in-one TrainTime app to buy tickets, plan trips, view train capacity and track trains for both commuter railroads. we deployed earlier this year, taking the train is a no-brainer.
New York City Transit President Richard Davey said: “Today’s surge in ridership signals that New Yorkers trust subways and buses to get them where they need to go. With some New Yorkers resuming commutes for the first time in a long time, employees NYC Transit will be in the system helping riders, or just saying welcome.”
In preparation for the new school year, the MTA deployed additional buses to all five boroughs on weekdays for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, the MTA is providing Customer Ambassadors in the Bronx to help students, their families and caregivers navigate the new Bronx Local Bus System redesign routes that began in June. Ambassadors will be available for the first four days of school, September 8, 9, 12 and 13.
The MTA continues to encourage ridership with fare reductions rolled out earlier this year.
The Authority has launched a fare cap pilot on subways and buses through its OMNY contactless fare payment system, which caps weekly subway and bus fares. The fare cap pilot includes a “Lucky 13” feature where, starting on the 13th journey each week, each additional metro or bus journey is free for the rest of the week.
On commuter rail, LIRR and Metro-North have rolled out fare offers including a 10% discount on monthly passes and a new 20-ride ticket tailored to the hybrid work schedule. The new 20-trip ticket saves riders 20% off regular peak one-way fares. For commuter rail riders traveling within the five boroughs, the MTA has also expanded City Ticket, which offers a reduced flat rate of $5.00 for train travel in New York City on weekends, to include all trains off-peak weekdays.