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Subway ridership at highest numbers since 1948

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

It’s not just your imagination. The subway really is getting more and more crowded.

The MTA released figures today from 2015 showing that weekday subway ridership is at its highest numbers since 1948. Last year, there was an average of 5.7 million riders in the subway every day. Annual ridership clocked in at 1.7 billion.

The Straphangers Campaign’s Gene Russianoff told the Daily News that the MTA needs to “convince people that off hours is a good time to take the system and it’ll be more reliable and a better ride."

The study also revealed that more commuters were abandoning the crazy overcrowded L train for nearby stops on the J/M/Z.

The MTA is working on addressing the growing overcrowding problem in part by adding new trains. This fall will see increased service on the 2 and 7 lines.

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